Integrating History into the New Mercantile Hotel

Integrating History into the New Mercantile Hotel

Construction is wrapping up soon on our latest project in Montana, The Mercantile Hotel, and is set to open at the end of January 2019.

Bridging Missoula’s past and present, JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE’s design for The Mercantile Hotel seamlessly incorporates both historic and contemporary design elements. In addition to preserving and utilizing the historic pharmacy building on the site, the hotel embraces its surroundings through the intricate brick details, which reflect the historic buildings of the area.

The old Missoula Mercantile’s history is one for the books. What started as a small log cabin trading post, became one of the biggest marketplaces in the western United States. The design keeps the tradition of the Mercantile alive and well, paying homage to the site’s commercial history with nine ground-floor retail spaces totaling 20,000 square feet.

The first floor Mews, an indoor public pathway that connects Higgins to Pattee streets, allows people to walk through the hotel and access all the commercial spaces. This interconnection will help energize the building and the surrounding area as a hub for Missoula downtown, just like the historic Mercantile once did.

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A destination for the outdoor enthusiast, The Mercantile Hotel utilizes an eclectic design taste for the everyday wanderer. Located at the confluence of the Big Blackfoot and the Clark Fork Rivers, the interior design drew inspiration from the historic trade industry in Missoula during the Lewis and Clark expedition. Materials and finishes take their cues from the natural surroundings of this wilderness retreat, nodding to the vibrant yet serene beauty that makes it an energetic place to explore.

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