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(Washington Post)   Man who invented spacious glass hotel atrium moves to cramped wooden box   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Mr. Portman, Hotel, John C. Portman, Jr., Renaissance Center, John C. Portman, Detroit, Portman Jr., Hyatt  
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2018-01-03 09:03:43 AM  
My favorite story about Portman hotels was in Linda Ellerbee's book And So It Goes. She tells the (probably apochryphal) story of Lloyd Dobbins and following political campaigns, and why reporters travel with a night light. Dobbins is on a campaign bus, and they get to the hotel for the night, a Portman- designed atrium hotel. Dobbins awakes in the middle of the night to answer the call of nature, and instead of the restroom pees onto the patrons sitting at the lobby bar.
Ellerbee says that Dobbins' solution was to travel with a night light. Her solution was to wear a wide-brimmed hat when drinking late at night in the bar in Portman hotels.

/I may have had a crush on Linda Ellerbee
 
2018-01-03 11:32:07 AM  
The atrium concept was pretty cool. Everyone wants a window on their hotel room, and the atrium brings all the halls indoors and increases surface area.
 
2018-01-03 12:06:28 PM  
I saw something about a hotel guy and wooden box and was hoping it was gonna be Trumpski.  Subby, why you get my hopes up?
 
2018-01-03 03:09:47 PM  

wildcardjack: The atrium concept was pretty cool. Everyone wants a window on their hotel room, and the atrium brings all the halls indoors and increases surface area.


It has to be handled well though. I've stayed in hotels where the atrium was so loud and echo-filled that I'd rather my door opened directly into highway traffic.
 
2018-01-03 03:28:33 PM  
Man, have I got some stories from back in the day about hanging out at the Atlanta Hyatt regency.

/ saw the Ramones there at a private Halloween party one year, among others..
 
2018-01-03 10:37:06 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: wildcardjack: The atrium concept was pretty cool. Everyone wants a window on their hotel room, and the atrium brings all the halls indoors and increases surface area.

It has to be handled well though. I've stayed in hotels where the atrium was so loud and echo-filled that I'd rather my door opened directly into highway traffic.


The trick is to avoid square angles between the major frontages. Make the whole place rhomboid, angle the ceiling, break up the floor with soft surfaces, plants, etc. Those are also all the elements I want to see in a restaurant so it's not too farking loud to carry on conversation.
 
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