An aerial image of the front of the Royster Building.
Transforming building into modern hotel
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Royster Building – Marriott Autograph Hotel Conversion

Built in 1912, the historic Royster building was originally constructed as an office building and lab, most recently serving as the headquarters for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. This 13-story century-old building and adjourning four-story building is now being converted into a Marriott Autograph hotel.

The goal of the project is to transform the building into a modern hotel, without losing any of its historic charm. The project will utilize state and federal historic tax credits.

The 117-room boutique hotel will include an upscale French restaurant and bar, two meeting rooms, two board rooms, a rooftop lounge with waterfront views, and a full-service kitchen. The first floor of the adjoining building will be demolished and transformed into a new four-story art gallery and event space that will host rotating exhibits, including works from local artists. The rear third floor of this building will also provide back of house services for the hotel.

Prior to construction, Clancy & Theys provided extensive pre-construction services for this project and worked closely with the design team to develop a design and budget that met the owner’s needs.