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three: living architecture revives historic Pearl Brewery Brewhouse into “Hotel Pearl” while preserving early Texas ambience

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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A San Antonio landmark from 1883 to 2001, the historic Pearl Brewery Brewhouse is a familiar part of San Antonio’s architecture and heritage. Although the brewhouse stopped operating in the 2000, it is now being renovated – based on design work by three: living architecture – to once again become a vital part of San Antonio’s culture and economy. The new “Hotel Pearl”, operated by Kimpton Hotels, will provide a very special experience for the guests who visit. The design, a collaboration between three: living architecture and Roman and Williams is an adaptation of the original buildings to include 146 guest rooms, dining, social and meeting spaces with interiors that celebrate the culture and character of South Texas and Pearl.

“Hotel Pearl has been one of the most challenging – yet personally rewarding endeavors of my 39 years practicing architecture,” said Gary Koerner, founder and president of three, and also lead designer for the project. “The wonderful grittiness associated with the original architectural fabric of the Pearl Brewhouse has been seamlessly infused with the luxury and personality that will become the hallmark of Hotel Pearl. This is one of those rare properties where the vision of the ownership and the passion of the design team came together to create a very special and memorable aesthetic and experience for the future guest.”

three, one of the world’s most recognized and experienced boutique design firms in the hospitality sector, was engaged by Silver Ventures, Inc., a San Antonio investment firm, to design the renovation of the original Pearl property and add a new guest room tower. Opening of the new project is slated for summer of 2014.

“We have a 15-year relationship with three: living architecture, and Pearl is our third major hotel project with them,” said Bill Shown, managing director of real estate for Silver Ventures, Inc. “They have extensive, world-wide hospitality experience and a deep understanding of what it takes to make a great hotel. We can’t imagine developing a hotel without them at our side.”

three: living architecture is also the designer of three other completed projects in San Antonio: The Westin Riverwalk, Hotel Contessa and Franklin Park at Stone Oak, a senior living community. The premiere boutique design firm is currently working on four other projects that are underway in the San Antonio area.

About Pearl
Pearl, located north of downtown San Antonio, provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination. The mixed-use space features retail, dining, picturesque green spaces and paseos, a riverside amphitheater, and the third campus of the Culinary Institute of America. As a former brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, Pearl reflects a vivid past while embracing the future with LEED-certified complexes mixed with historic architecture.


The 22-acre Pearl site is home to the Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio and the year-round Pearl Farmers Market. Pearl restaurants include Il Sogno Italian Osteria and the Sandbar Fish House and Market, both by CIA graduate and James Beard Award-nominated chef Andrew Weissman; La Gloria Ice House by CIA graduate chef Johnny Hernandez; NAO New World Flavors, from The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio featuring executive chef Geronimo Lopez; Blue Box Bar featuring craft cocktails from Olaf Harmel; The Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden; The Granary ‘Cue and Brew from chef Tim Rattray; Arcade Midtown Kitchen from chef Jesse Perez; Green Vegetarian Cuisine; and One Lucky Duck Juice and Takeaway. Pearl is also known for its shops including Melissa Guerra Latin American kitchen store, Ten Thousand Villages store, The Twig book shop, Adelante Boutique, LeeLee Shoes, Dos Carolinas, Leighelena, The Synergy Studio, and Bike World. Office tenants at Pearl include the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, the Nature Conservancy, San Antonio Area Foundation, RBC Securities, the CE Group, WestEast Design Group, KGB Texas and other creative firms. The Can Plant offers urban contemporary apartments with a place in history. Event space includes the Pearl Stable, the Pearl Studio and the Pearl Park, a community gathering space, which includes amphitheater seating overlooking a stage alongside the San Antonio River Walk. For more information go to www.atpearl.com.


About three: living architecture
Dallas-based three: living architecture is a global leader in hospitality and senior living design and prides itself on designing unique properties of lasting significance. With more than thirty years of experience in the four and five star hospitality industry, three is regularly recognized by top industry awards for “best in class” designs, worldwide.

Consistent with that reputation, three has designed properties that span the globe from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Cary, North Carolina. Recent assignments have included China (Hong Kong) and Abu Dhabi—as well as many domestic projects. Owners and developers worldwide look to three for distinctive ideas that blend the best elements of hospitality while expressing the cultural essence of their properties.

Recent accolades include those from Travel + Leisure, a leading voice in the global hospitality industry, which named properties designed by three as best in their categories. The Peninsula Beverly Hills was listed as the number one Large City Hotel in the U.S., and the Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico, selected as number one in the category: Best Resort in Mexico. Other three properties have made the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards many times. For more information about three: living architecture, visit www.threearch.com or call (214) 559-4080.

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