Hotel Redux


Spend an evening in one Columbus’ oldest and most recently renovated hotels, now with vacancy in 36 luxury condos.

For a growing metropolis like Columbus, preserving history through architecture helps to link the past with the present and future.  The restoration of the grand Hartman Hotel at the corner of Fourth and Main Streets superbly follows this theory.  Structures built before the 20th century are few and far between in the Capital City.  Those still standing are in desperate need of renovation or have experienced a re-birth from recent makeovers.

The latter applies to the Hartman Hotel.  Purchased in 1999 by Plaza Properties, the Hartman has been transformed from a neglected parcel of property to a renovated piece of the city’s past.  And what a history the Hartman boasts…

The Hartman Hotel first opened its doors to guests and clients of Dr. Samuel B. Hartman, the wealthiest man in Columbus at the turn of the 20th century.  Think of him as the Les Wexner of the early 1900s.  Hartman built the hotel in 1898 and welcomed clients, guests, world leaders and Ohio’s Governors.  Governor Andrew Harris actually took up permanent residence in the hotel in 1906.  The grand sixth-floor ballroom, which was extensively renovated in 1999, was the scene of many of Dr. Hartman’s elegant parties,  lavish dinners and entertainment.

For the remainder of the 20th century, the Hartman was solely an office building until the last tenant moved out in 1995.  Plaza Properties, in conjunction with Sullivan Bruck Architects and Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design, renovated the building, including the grand ballroom on the sixth floor and retail spaces on street level.
With the 18-month condo conversion almost complete, the Hartman Hotel will once again welcome new permanent residents in 36 one-bedroom and two-bedroom condominiums, opening spring 2006.

Moving back into the Hartman will be a bit more fabulous than in Governor Harris’ time a century ago.  Though the entrance is still luxurious with marble flooring and two elevators for service, its historic elegance meets 21st century convenience and modern design in the units above.

Entering your “suite,” tile flooring covers the foyer and large gourmet kitchen area. Stainless steel appliances provide every necessity needed when preparing meals or entertaining guests.  Cabinetry and countertops from Ikea Kitchens give this space a very modern and chic appeal.   

The living and dining area provide ample space for both, with a high-top dining room set for up to eight people.  The large living area leaves plenty of room to create a space all its own, either incorporated out in the open, or separated with a sofa or shelving units.  Here, hardwood flooring, a contemporary sofa and chair from Value City Furniture and accent tables from Global Living continue the modern flow.

The master bedroom suite exemplifies its title.  With berber carpeting, dark walls and cozy furniture, one may never find good reason to leave.  The suite’s large walk-in closet and spacious modern bathroom compliment this wing perfectly.

Rounding out this 1230 square-foot unit is a second bedroom, which can be used as a den, office or guest suite.  It also boasts a good size walk-in closet and an adjoining guest bathroom, which exits into the foyer.  In this condo, the second bedroom serves the purpose of both den and office with a glass desk from Global Living and a convertible sofa from Value City Furniture.

What is undoubtedly most spectacular about the new Hartman Lofts is its embodiment of the past and present working in concert to make a future that is undeniably inspiring.  It truly exemplifies the meaning of loft-style living: exposed brick walls, eleven-foot exposed-beam ceilings, seven-foot double pane windows and exposed spiral ductwork.

To experience the Hartman Hotel in its new grandeur as a condo residence, check into the sales office from Monday thru Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or from noon – 5 p.m. on Saturday.  And be sure to visit the website, www.hartmanlofts.com.  For historical information about the Hartman Hotel, visit the Ohio Historical Society’s website at www.ohiohistory.org.