Welcome to Hotel LeVeque
I was so excited to get exclusive access to one of the newest boutique hotels in Columbus! Even though the hotel is new, LeVeque Tower has been in Columbus since 1924. It’s undergone an incredible renovation to restore it to its Art Deco glory. Did you know that LeVeque Tower was one of the tallest buildings from New York to Chicago up until 1970?
Due to unfortunate circumstances of Katherine LeVeque losing her husband Frederick LeVeque in a plane crash, she lived in the LeVeque Tower alone until 2011. She was also the driving force in restoring the Palace Theater. Little did she know that the Palace Theater was actually part of the LeVeque Tower purchase that she made. Eventually Leveque was sold and the restoration process began. Pretty awesome to think that this jewel has been gracing Columbus’ skyline for so long only to have it touched up and unveiled once again to show it’s stunning beauty.
Hotel LeVeque is part of the Marriott’s Autograph Collection, which means that you will never find another hotel like it. I had the opportunity to see the progress of the hotel about 3 months ago during a ” hard hat tour” and it’s incredible to see how far the renovation has come along in a short period of time. Upon entering the lobby, the large pillars flank a jaw dropping chandelier that weighs over 1,200 lbs(shown above). Even though the building is known for its Art Deco design, the hotel has beautifully woven a celestial theme throughout. It’s evident in everything from the reception desk + artwork + an evening starry night light show in the lobby.
As we entered the elevators, there was a noticable change in size from what I’m used to in other hotels. They are petite sized, I imagine just large enough for a woman of the roaring 20’s to slip in with just her hat box and trunk. 🙂 I wanted to style this shoot with the vintage chic aura that I felt when I initially toured the hotel with Director of Sales, Michael Shannon. I carried the idea of a traveler with a hat box through to my own shoot. My first look features my favorite new coat, aptly named the Lady Day Coat from J.Crew. I know a lady of the 20’s wouldn’t be wearing jeans 🙂 but I felt it was appropriate to incorporate modern + vintage because that is ultimately what the hotel has done. I may not have worn layers and layers of pearls like the flappers of that time, but I’ve put my own modern twist on it by a simple pearl strand and opted to layer my bracelets.
Want more? Stay tuned next week for more on local vendors + designers + some serious interior design inspo as I head upstairs to the guest suite! Thank you to Hotel LeVeque for sponsoring this post.