Margarita Inn

As part of FitzGerald’s scope, the firm renovated and reconfigured the hotel’s residential floors to include ensuite bathrooms in every room. New rooms were created–for a total of 46 guest rooms–from area once containing the communal restrooms and an unused portion of one of the garden-level dining rooms. A new rear lobby features a greeting area and guest elevator; this created space will allow grade-level access to all floors of the hotel. The plan also called for a new vehicular drop-off area and parking in the rear of the building.

FitzGerald has made special accommodations for leaving the building’s historic character intact; the aesthetics of a first floor parlor, positioned below some of the smallest units being converted and slated to receive ensuite bathrooms, was in danger of being the most logical site for new plumbing and utility chases from the rooms above. FitzGerald was able instead to configure the rooms in such a way that the utilities were diverted across the second level before dropping down into a non-public area of the first floor.