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Cardinal Hotel & Residences

51 East Fourth Street
Winston-Salem NC United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1927
  Finished1928
Floor Count22
Basement Floors2
Floor Area29,264 m²
Units / Rooms341
Building Uses
 - hotel
 - conference
 - museum
 - restaurant
 - fitness center
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - art deco
 - streamline moderne
Materials
 - limestone

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire394 ftStrada Blueprints
East Elevation
Roof329 ftStrada Blueprints
East Elevation

Description
Architect: Shreve Lamb and Harmon Associates
General Contractor: James Baird Construction Company
Interior Design: Rambusch Decorating Company
Renovation Developer: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants | PMC Property Group
Renovation Project Architect: Strada LLC
Renovation Design Architect: Gensler
Hotel Architect: Theresa Fatino Design
Restaurant Architect: crème
Lighting Design: Ohm Lighting

Plans approved: December 10, 1927
Construction started: March 1, 1928
First steel in place: May 1, 1928
First stone set: June 27, 1928
Steel skeleton completed: August 1, 1928
Exterior cladding completed: November 1928
Building completed: December 3, 1928
All furniture and personnel in place: April 27,1929
Building cost: $2,657,559
Land cost: $433,733
Total cost: $3,091,292


North Carolina's Tallest Building - 1928 to 1965

This building has won the most national design awards of any building in the southeast. It is recognized by many architects and preservationists as the best skyscraper in North Carolina. The building is a city symbol for Winston-Salem.

Notable National Architecture Awards
1929 AIA Building of the Year
1965 AIA Best Preserved Art Deco Building
1984 AIA Honor Award for Excellence in Design
1984 Art Deco Society of New York award winner for Best Restoration of an Art Deco Building
1991 Building Modernization Award

LED Lights on the building's crown can change colors and can be animated for different holidays or events.

The building's brass, marble walls, and carved wood ceilings, finished with gold and silver filament imported from Europe, is the work of the Rambusch Decorating Company. Rambusch Decorating Company was also the interior designer for the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC.

The architects used designs for this building to create the Empire State Building's drawings in two weeks. In 1979, the Empire State Building sent a Happy 50th Anniversary Dad card to the Reynolds Building. This card is framed and on display in the lobby. This is the only building officially recognized as the father of the Empire State Building.

Purchased by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in May 2014, in partnership with PMC Property Group. The building was converted to a luxury boutique hotel and apartments at a cost of $60 million. The hotel opened April 27, 2016 with 210 hotel rooms, including 36 suites, a bar and a 120 seat restaurant. This is the only hotel in the world with a recreation center, featuring everything from bowling to indoor basketball. The building also has 117 luxury apartments with Kimpton hotel amenities.

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