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Lord Baltimore Hotel celebrates renovation

The new owners of the city's historic Lord Baltimore Hotel will celebrate the completion of a multimillion dollar renovation Thursday.

The private, family-owned Rubell Hotels declined to name the final cost of its floor-by-floor overhaul of the 23-story, 1928 landmark, calling the restoration a "labor of love." The new look includes rooftop gardens, Murano and Baccarat chandeliers in the lobby and ballroom, and guest rooms conceived by a former Ralph Lauren designer in "New American" style with textured fabric and dark wood.

The family, which runs two other hotels and the Rubell Family Collection contemporary art museum in Miami, plans to use the public spaces for art exhibitions and the building will host a branch of the American Visionary Art Museum's gift shop. Partner Mera Rubell said the company has also placed original art in each of the 440 rooms.

Rubell Hotels bought the property as LB 1928 Associates LLC in March for $10 million. The ribbon-cutting will take place at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

"We believe that when you transform an architectural treasure like that people respond," Rubell said. "We have complete confidence that it will be a big success."

nsherman@baltsun.com

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