Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Architectural Digest
When the owners of Atlanta’s historic Candler Building asked San Francisco–based interior designer Nicole Hollis to lead its metamorphosis into a luxe boutique hotel, she immediately jumped on a plane.
“We fell in love when we saw the Candler Building,” Hollis recalls of the first time she toured the site. The structure is the city’s first steel skyscraper, with Beaux Arts architectural details and Gothic and Renaissance elements throughout. Transforming the 17-story building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into The Candler Hotel had its challenges, but the result is a light-filled, 265-room property that feels both upscale and approachable. Here, she shares some of the project’s highs and lows with AD PRO.
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