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Bold Thinking At The Galt House Hotel

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Bold thinking has always been a part of the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. After all, it was in the first Galt House in 1864 that Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Sherman devised their audacious military strategy to capture Atlanta. More than 120 years later, in 1985, the Galt House installed one of the largest geothermal heating and air conditioning systems in the world in its Suite Tower. So when the Galt House was considering a recent renovation of its conservatory, it was no surprise that one of the South’s premier convention hotels would approach the project with boldness in design and durability in mind.

The Galt House needed a distinctive product that would make a design statement while standing up to heavy traffic – and the project had to be completed in a quick time frame. The hotel chose Durkan’s Lakir Collection to refresh the conservatory, a large open space with a curved ceiling and a wall of windows looking out over Louisville. The Galt House designers custom-colored and scaled Lakir to create a bold energy in this stunning space.

The conservatory is the place to meet at the Galt House. The massive space is impressive with a curved ceiling; a wall of windows looking out over Louisville and the scenic Ohio River; bird cages full of live birds; Al J’s, a restaurant named after former owner Al J. Schneider and which has a 30-foot aquarium bar; and a deli called Thelma’s, in honor of Thelma Schneider, Al’s wife.

“The conservatory is the most popular, most seen and most traversed space in Galt House, so we wanted to make a splash there immediately,” said Chris McDonough, senior design director, The Gettys Group. “The new carpet has a lot of depth and movement. Lakir gave us the quality look we wanted in the time frame we needed.”


Refreshing the conservatory was not a small assignment. It took 1,406 square yards of carpet with a 30-foot pattern repeat. Architects and designers from The Gettys Group, an award-winning global hospitality design firm, brought in a complete furniture package, new color palette and new floorcovering. They custom-colored and scaled Lakir to create a bold energy in this stunning space.

The capabilities of Durkan’s Definity manufacturing technology was a deciding factor in the use of Lakir in the Galt House. McDonough said, “Durkan offered state-of-the-art technology and a cutting-edge product, and we at Gettys like to thoughtfully use these kinds of new products. Also, the Definity technology helped us meet our deadlines.”


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