My Visit with GE Monogram to 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky

Photo courtesy of 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville
I’m baaaaack! Nine days on the road was a long time to be away from home, but it was sure worth it. My first stop was Louisville, KY, where I was invited by GE Monogram to visit the Monogram Experience Center in Appliance Park.  I was so fortunate that GE booked me along with 19 other designers and industry professionals at 21c Museum Hotel – a beyond fabulous hotel in the heart of downtown Louisville.
21c Museum Hotel, a 90 room boutique hotel, was founded by contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson in 2006 as an effort to revitalize the downtown area by creating a destination where art, culture, and activity can come together and act as an economic driver for the community.
World-renowned architect Deborah Berke was enlisted to renew, revive, and renovate a series of 19th century tobacco and Bourbon warehouses along Louisville’s West Main Street.  Much more than a place to spend the night, 21c is an innovative union of authentic Southern hospitality, thoughtful design, and accessible luxury. From the Nespresso machines in each room with 3 varieties of espresso to choose from to the bright yellow rubber duckie in the bathroom, every last detail is attended to, which made me feel like I was at home.  Ok, maybe a little better – had I had my husband and kids with me it would have been PERFECT!

21c – The Rooms

Photo courtesy of 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville
Photo courtesy of 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville

21c Food and Drink at PROOF ON MAIN

21c, Louisville, KY - front of hotel

After I arrived I had a chance to get a quick bite to eat at Proof on Main before running upstairs to get ready for our welcome reception and cocktail party.  The food was amazing, and it should be, as 21c partners with Woodland Farm and other regional farmers, and it’s menu showcases sustainably grown produce from the Ohio River Valley.  Everything is super fresh and mouthwateringly delicious.

21c, Louisville, KY
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
I was told that the above is a “Death Clock” and it is counting down the days until the bar owner’s 80th birthday.  Hmmm….interesting.
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
The bronze sculpture above was one of my favorites.  It sits atop the bar and it looks pretty innocent here, but in a dark bar filled with people drinking and having a good time, after a few drinks I’m sure this sculpture would conjure up images of things I learned in Catholic school.  Yup, that stopped me from drinking REAL fast!

21C – The Museum

Here is a glimpse of some of the art collections being shown at 21c the week I was visiting:
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY

21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY

21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
Above, playing with black light.
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
There was art every where I turned, including the ladies room off of the lobby.  Upon washing my hands in the bathroom, I was greeted by video that was embedded into the mirror that spanned the width of the vanity.  There was someone cleaning the bathroom when I happened to drop by and I think she was amused that I was taken by surprise by everything I was seeing (what you hear in the background is her flushing the toilet)
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
While waiting for the elevator, I noticed that my image was projected onto the wall and letters were falling like rain and collecting on the edge of my silhouette and the letters came together to form words. Pretty cool!
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
On the hallway wall between the rooms was this colorful mural.
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
And outside the hotel stands a towering gold David in all his glory.  I wouldn’t doubt that he is the result of many traffic accidents on this street corner, because how can you NOT notice?
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
…and David from behind
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
21c’s glass stone encrusted limo. On the roof “21c” is displayed in a contrasting glass stone.  Totally over the top, but I love it!
21c is what every luxury hotel should strive for.  Modern, yet it still embraces the building’s past. Exposed brick walls, exposed steel beams, end-grain wood floors are seen alongside art from living 21st century artists from around the globe.  One foot in the past, one in the present, and in the case of the “Death Clock”, I guess one could say a third foot in the future.
Well this is it for 21c. Next up I’ll be journaling our first full day in Louisville which started out at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and then to the Monogram Experience Center to learn about the GE Monogram line of kitchen appliances and included hands-on cooking with GE Monogram’s own celebrity chefs, Joe and Brian. Just wait until you hear what I have to say – an incredible experience!

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