Developers on Thursday showed off the progress in restoring a historic hotel that's expected to open next summer in downtown Sioux City.
Construction is buzzing at the 89-year-old, 10-story Warrior Hotel and the adjacent Davidson building, to bring the properties back to life. The Warrior has been vacant for more than 40 years. Both properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Alex Cherubin, the assistant vice president of Restoration Iowa, the local arm of the development company, Restoration St. Louis, showed off some of the rooms that are empty now, but in a year will be filled with tourists, tenants and staff.
“We will be restoring all of this originally,” Cherubin said as he took reporters through the main entrance. “All the stairs will be restored and we are keeping the historic details of the hand railing."
There’s still a lot of work to do besides replicating the historic detail, he said, like completing drywall, flooring and putting in new stone and sidewalks. Interior framing and exterior framing are finished and new windows and utilities are being installed, he said.
The project is "chugging along, still on track to open next summer," Cherubin said.
The 148-room Autograph Collection by Marriott hotel will have amenities like a bowling alley, spa, restaurants, a lobby bar and a ballroom. The Davidson building will have 22 luxury apartments on the top two floors of its six-story building. A walkway will bridge the two buildings.
Developers are keeping the historic art-deco style of the Warrior, as well as the classic, mysterious decor plastered into walls and columns. Cherubin showed off an area that, in a year, will be a restaurant and bar.
“You can see the historic details that we are preparing to cast molds of so they can be replicated without being damaged or moved,” he said.
As they continue to work on replicating the historic hotel, Cherubin said they’ve gotten some help through locals who have shared memories and photos of what the Warrior used to look like.
About three months before the opening, they’ll start looking for staff for the hotel, which could have around 100 employees, Cherubin said. They’ll also be looking for businesses for the restaurant and bar area.
“We don’t want something that you can get at any other part of the town,” Cherubin said. “We want to create a destination for downtown.”