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Video: Restoring the historic Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel

“Pretty much every U.S. President prior to jet travel stopped in this hotel on their way from the East Coast to the West Coast … understanding the challenges of a project like this is almost impossible to boil down to a soundbyte.”

In the video above, developers behind the sensational restoration of an historic luxury hotel discuss the project’s genesis, inspiration and challenges.

The Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel reinvents a landmark Omaha hotel built in 1915. Famous for creating the first Reuben sandwich, the hotel was more than a pin on a map. It was a destination for presidents and Hollywood stars, which reopened in November 2020. Its guest list formerly included John and Jackie Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Bob Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jimmy Stewart and Marlon Brando.

Historically known as the Blackstone, the hotel was shuttered in 1976 and repurposed for office use in 1984 — the same year it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. LEO A DALY’s integrated team of architects and engineers meticulously restored the Renaissance Revival style hotel while adding capacity and seamlessly infusing modern infrastructure and amenities.

Learn more about restoring Omaha's Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel