The Pittman Hotel

Dallas, Texas
A Hinge Point in Time and Scale

Comprising the historic Knights of Pythias Temple and a modern addition, The Pittman Hotel reconnects the past to present as an upscale, boutique hotel positioned between contemporary downtown and eclectic Deep Ellum.

Renowned architect William Sidney Pittman designed the temple that was home to many businesses and hosted various high-profile events in its once-iconic fourth-floor ballroom. The Pittman Hotel continues the long legacy of celebrating the entertainment, lifestyle, and amenities of Deep Ellum by restoring the historic building to its old glory with a fresh new addition that is compatible and modern.

Reconnecting history.

Built in 1916, The Knights of Pythias Temple was Dallas’ first major commercial building designed, financed, and built by the Black community and was their business center and vibrant social hub throughout the early 1900s. Decades of urban upheaval and social change left the building vacant and at risk of becoming part of the slow erasure of the city’s cultural memory. The building’s renovation and addition mark the culmination of a slow comeback for the entire Deep Ellum neighborhood and the establishment of its first hotel, reconnecting the historic structure to the urban patchwork of the district.

 

The Pythian Temple was both a business and social center for the Black community.
Image circa 1920s. Courtesy of Louis Bedford.
“Blind Lemon” Jefferson, Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins and Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter are among the many that played here, attributing to Deep Ellum’s rich history of live music.
William Sidney Pittman
The Knights of Pythias Temple's original architect.
Old meets new.

The Temple, listed on the National Register, anchors the southern end of the project while the addition stretches north to define a new gateway into the community while providing a backdrop for public art.

Through massing, materiality, and tectonics, we brought a contemporary identity to the significant structure, strengthening the patchwork of the vibrant Deep Ellum neighborhood.
A hinge point in time and scale, the Pittman brings the past into renewed dialogue with the present and asserts that history and memory are vital to the city’s future.

Project Team

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Ron Stelmarski
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John Strasius