Legat Architects

Façade Restoration

The six-story Art Deco brick façade was restored to the 1950s appearance by removing pebble dash and rebuilding a properly proportioned storefront and entry.



Guests enter through a covered drop-off area and arrive at a light-filled seating area.

Industrial Aesthetic

Custom-designed bamboo backdrops hold television monitors without closing off the space. Black iron piping supports the backdrops, while providing routing of electrical and cable wiring.


Seating for Every Purpose

Sectional seating and millwork create a buffer to large community-style tables, where guests can congregate in large groups or spread out work documents.

Interiors Tell the Story

Interiors emphasize texture and minimize color to celebrate the facility’s industrial origins. Guests encounter a variety of aesthetic nuances that tell the building’s story: concrete floors and columns, brick walls, and ceilings that display the original concrete structural deck.



An internal courtyard features a 1950s-era aerial photo of downtown Moline (including the hotel’s original manifestation).

Metal Bracing Makes an Impact

Each renovated room exposes a different part of the original building. In this room, exposed Chevron braced frames add a contemporary twist, while celebrating the original building by reinforcing the brick walls.


Energy Efficiency

Metal stud drywall was added to lower parts of exposed brick walls in the rooms to reduce the toll on heating and cooling systems.

Millennial and Sustainable

Element Moline was designed and constructed to appeal to a Millennial and sustainable mindset. For instance, lobby artwork features recycled bicycle parts and tennis rackets that support the eco-conscious brand.