America’s Coolest Hotel is Coming to East Liberty

The former East Liberty YMCA will be transformed into the chic Ace Hotel by 2015.




Photo by Rick Chung
 

 

Coming soon to East Liberty: a hotel with hand-painted murals, furniture crafted by local woodworkers, brass doorknobs salvaged from historic buildings, rooms equipped with record players and a bar that serves small-batch coffee and microbrews.

There may be no better bellwether for "it" cities than the Ace Hotel. The meticulously curated hipster haven is a favorite of Googlers and touring bands. With just a handful of locations in seven cities around the world — including New York City, London and Portland — The New York Times has called the Ace “the country’s most original” hotel.

Now, Ace has finalized plans for its eighth location. Not in Paris or Prague. In Pittsburgh.

The former East Liberty YMCA will be transformed into a 63-room Ace Hotel by spring 2015. The $23 million conversion will also include a restaurant, ballroom and gym, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Googlers who often travel to the fast-expanding Bakery Square office will no doubt be rejoicing (though East Liberty may soon look like a cyborg enclave).

The Ace has a thing for converting historic buildings into spaces that reflect the culture and history of the city. The original Seattle location was built in a former Salvation Army halfway house in 1999 to cater to creatives. The stunning Portland location transformed the old Clyde Hotel, built in 1912, into a bohemian wonderland.



Those who cringe at the changing shape of East Liberty should be encouraged that it’s the Ace coming to town and not another Marriott.

To wit:

“We want guests to wake up in their rooms and feel immediately that they’re in Portland and couldn’t be anywhere else,” Ace co-founder Alex Calderwood told The New York Times when the Ace Portland opened in 2007.

We can’t wait to see how the Ace integrates elements of East Liberty’s industrial past and Pittsburgh’s emerging cultural scene.

To get your mind churning, check out the gallery below to see what Ace has done at its other locations. Consider yourself on notice, Portland. We’re coming for you.
 

Gallery

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More From The 412

Young Pirate Fan Star of the Show in Pirates' Marathon Win

Young Pirate Fan Star of the Show in Pirates' Marathon Win

Starling Marte's homer in the 18th inning beat the Washington Nationals Sunday but we wonder if the game's real MVP was actually in the stands.
5 Must-Visit Pittsburgh Breweries

5 Must-Visit Pittsburgh Breweries

Small breweries continue to pop up all over town. Stop by these recommended spots and stock up for fall.
5 Don't-Miss Events in Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Week Celebration

5 Don't-Miss Events in Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Week Celebration

Everything you need to know, plus a survival guide for the parade.
No Joke: Arcade Comedy Moving to Bigger & Better Theater

No Joke: Arcade Comedy Moving to Bigger & Better Theater

The expansion will provide a permanent home for comedy in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Meet Rescued Animals at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Meet Rescued Animals at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The new Live Animal Encounters program introduces museum visitors to rescued wildlife.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Feast Series Returns to Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland This September

Feast Series Returns to Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland This September

The third iteration of the series will feature chef J.J. Johnson, formerly of The Cecil and Minton's Supper Club in Harlem.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Best Places for Kids on Rainy Days in Pittsburgh

Best Places for Kids on Rainy Days in Pittsburgh

Read on for some under-the-radar ideas on how you and the kids can survive a rainy day this summer.

Comments


Tres Rios Has Potential, But Hasn't Distinguished Itself Just Yet

Tres Rios Has Potential, But Hasn't Distinguished Itself Just Yet

The tacos-and-tequila bar and restaurant on the South Side doesn't do anything wrong, exactly, but has room to grow.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Who Belongs on a Pittsburgh Steelers Mount Rushmore?

Who Belongs on a Pittsburgh Steelers Mount Rushmore?

As the team prepares the inaugural class of its Hall of Honor, Mike Prisuta selects the four members of the Steelers family most deserving of inclusion.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Make a Trendy Transition into Fall Style

Make a Trendy Transition into Fall Style

No. 14 Boutique in Lawrenceville put together this chic outfit for the tricky period when summer cools into autumn.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
A Hitman and His Bodyguard Get Into Trouble (No Need to Overcomplicate Things)

A Hitman and His Bodyguard Get Into Trouble (No Need to Overcomplicate Things)

Reviews of "The Hitman's Bodyguard" and "Wind River," plus local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Delicious Design: Our Cookie Table Contest Winner & Runners-Up

Delicious Design: Our Cookie Table Contest Winner & Runners-Up

These Pittsburgh couples certainly know how to bring the cookie table tradition to life.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Produced in Pittsburgh: MONMade Takes Local Crafters National

Produced in Pittsburgh: MONMade Takes Local Crafters National

Close to a half dozen local businesses, among them Savannah Hayes and Stak Ceramics, will make their debut next week at the mega interior design and home goods-focused show in New York City.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

School trustees voted this week to increase tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

Comments