Creative Reuse: The High Line Hotel in New York

Working off the circa-1895 building’s original pine floors, moldings and fireplaces, interior designers from Roman and Williams sourced vintage Persian and Oriental rugs, wicker headboards, antique mirrors, marble-topped bedside tables and other late-19th and early 20th-century pieces to create a look they refer to as “vintage eclectic Americana” for the 60 rooms in The High Line Hotel, which opened in May in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood.

As guests of The High Line Hotel enter the circa-1895 building, they experience the original red brick walls and mosaic tile floors of the dormitory that was part of the General Theological Seminary—with some 21st-century twists: an iPad check-in process and the first East Coast outpost of Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee.

A landmark on New York’s Tenth Avenue, the distinctive collegiate-Gothic architecture of The High Line Hotel (formerly the dormitory for the General Theological Seminary upon whose grounds its still resides) is visible from The High Line, the popular urban park that is also a leading example of creative re-use.

While each of the 60 rooms at The High Line Hotel in New York has a unique layout and original artwork, all feature these key elements: original pine floors, a classic “T” chair and “mushroom stool,” 100-year-old Persian and oriental carpets and a rich yet subdued sapphire blue and dusty pink color palette.

Roman and Williams sourced an assortment of desks, chairs, lamps and chandeliers for the 60 rooms at The High Line Hotel, which opened in May in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, and each desk features a vintage stamp press with a design inspired by the hotel’s architectural details.

What better to sit in front of a landmarked 1895 seminary dormitory than a 1963 Citroen H van? It’s been repurposed as an eye-catching (an popular) outdoor outpost of Intelligentsia Coffee, New York’s first.