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Metropolitan Building Lobby & Element Hotel
Downtown, Detroit

After years sitting vacant and under threat from demolition, the historic Metropolitan Building has undergone extensive renovation reinventing itself as a hotel and is gaining popularity as a Detroit nightlife destination. As part of a larger team of craftspersons, Virtuoso’s crew of woodworkers facilitated the restoration of the building lobby. Using a single remaining beam as a point of reference and photos, the team was able to replicate the historic details seen throughout the lobby. Plaster replica cornices were installed to match. New wood handrails were installed at the central entryway stairs.


A modern reception desk crafted from walnut veneer and bent plywood provides a striking contrast for the Element Hotel. Live moss ensconced within the walnut veneer signage and hotel logo provides a strong focal point. Modern hints continue throughout in the breakfast lounge cabinetry.


Also check out our millwork in the Metropolitan rooftop bar, the Monarch Club.




Walnut Veneer



Millwork Fabrication

Millwork Installation

Historic Renovation


Media: MLive article - "Detroit's Metropolitan Building gets new life after being vacant 40 years"

Crain's Detroit article - "Photos: The Metropolitan Building opens its doors for the first time in nearly 40 years"

See breathtaking photos by incredible photographer, Alanna St. Laurent, of the before and after transformation of the building on her website: 


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