Designed in 1927 by architects Urban Peacock and Armin Frank, the Ambassador Hotel structure boasts many of the hallmarks of Art Deco design in its stylish interior.
Marble floors, stylized polished nickel sconces, bronze elevator doors, and ornate plasterwork have made the hotel a favorite spot for weddings, notable gatherings, and countless guests, both famous and infamous.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the hotel fell into disrepair. The hotel was purchased in 1995 by an alumnus of neighboring Marquette University, and restoration took place over the next decade. The restoration revamped the hotel’s image while preserving the Art Deco architecture and many design elements.
The Ambassador Hotel’s ambitious $14 million restoration was a major investment in the Near West Side. Rooms were reconfigured to allow for more spacious accommodations and new bathrooms were installed. Dropped ceilings and drywall were removed to reveal intricate details and archways, along with vintage radios.