The Loutrel

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design North America
  • Company/Firm
    Michael Graves Architecture & Design
  • Lead Designer
    Megan Luce, Interior Designer
  • Other Designer(s)
    Patrick Burke, AIA, Architect
  • Architect
    Bello Garris Architects (Design); BBGM Architects & Interiors, Inc. (Architect of Record)
  • Interior Designer
    Michael Graves Architecture & Design
  • Hospitality
    Charlestowne Hotels
  • Construction Company
    Mashburn Construction
  • Photo Credit
    Kim Graham Photography
  • Location
    Charleston, SC
  • Project Date
    November 1, 2021
  • Developer
    61 State Street Hotel Partners, LLC

The interiors of The Loutrel, a new 4-story, 50-room boutique hotel in Charleston’s historic French Quarter, were inspired by the city’s traditional architecture and gardens. Its namesake, the renowned garden designer Loutrel Briggs (1893-1977), not only contributed to the new profession of landscape architecture but also designed Charleston’s public landscape and 100 gardens in the historic district. The naming thus pays homage to the city’s history and creates a memorable story for this new hotel serving not only its guests but also local residents seeking a special destination for casual gatherings.
The hotel’s main ground floor space, the garden-inspired lobby lounge known as the Veranda, uses a green color palette and plants along with décor that simulates a Southern porch moved inside. It even includes a porch swing. Throughout public spaces and guestrooms, the décor reinterprets local traditional architecture in a modern way – with dark woods, trellises and screens juxtaposed with contemporary furniture and distinctive light fixtures. A wall-sized painting by a local artist implies the type of open landscape found throughout the region.