The historic Brown Hotel at Broadway and Fourth Street plans to add a “green roof” that would include extensive space for open-air private functions and events.
The green roof project is estimated to cost more than $750,000, according to documents filed with the Metro Department of Planning & Design Services outlining the plans.
The roof has almost 5,000 square feet of space and is currently “a non-use” space, said Chase Moter, with the architectural firm of Joseph & Joseph working on the project for the Brown. He said the new green roof will be fully accessible by elevator.
He said pavers and planters would be placed around the perimeter of the roof. There will be no permanent bar or dining facilities on the roof, but the furniture would be set up to accommodate whatever events are booked.
Moter said no major approvals of the roof project are needed. Brown Hotel officials plan to discuss the rooftop project at a news conference at the hotel on Wednesday.
The Brown has 16 floors and is owned by Historic Hotels Ltd. out of Galveston, Texas. It has nearly 300 rooms and almost 25,000 square feet of meeting facilities as well as three restaurants.
The Brown opened in 1923 at a cost of about $4 million. The owner and builder was James Graham Brown, the local business tycoon who built the hotel to compete with the Seelbach Hotel just up Fourth Street.