The Quoin

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design - Hospitality: Hotel and Resort
  • Company/Firm
    Stokes Architecture + Design and Method Studios
  • Lead Designer
    Richard Stokes and Dan Olsovsky
  • Architect
    Stokes Architecture + Design
  • Photographer Credit
    Jason Varney, Matthew Williams
  • Location
    Wilmington, Delaware
  • Client
    The Quoin
  • Project Date
    Fall 2022

The Quoin is a luxury boutique hotel with a contemporary interior design on the corner of Sixth and Market Street in the heart of Wilmington. The hotel is situated in the former historic Security Trust & Safe Deposit Company Building, a four-story Victorian Romanesque brownstone built in 1885 originally designed by the renowned Philadelphia architect, Frank Furness. The building’s exterior remains untouched aside from restored details such as the arched windows & moldings. Features include 24 contemporary guest rooms with Shaker-inspired furniture & custom oak herringbone flooring, a lobby cafe & bar with an original fireplace & custom built haberdashery, a sprawling first-floor restaurant with outdoor patio facing Delaware History Society's gardens, original vaulted brick ceilings in the subterranean cocktail bar with custom painted room-spanning murals, the city’s first rooftop bar & event space hidden from street view to preserve the historic exterior, a gym & retail space, adding a hospitality landmark to Wilmington. The Quoin, an Old French word for “corner” or “angle”, honors the legacy of the original banking house which housed silver & gold coins throughout the 1900s.

Stokes Architecture + Design created a place that beckons a town’s rich past while igniting its promising future by weaving vintage and modern industrial elements of New Hope’s past and present through a mix of materials and techniques. Utilizing the entirety of the plot’s irregular, narrow footprint they created visually distinct elements that fit seamlessly into the existing panorama of the historic town. The result is an impressive, multi-faceted structure with a contemporary sensibility that simultaneously feels like it’s been part of New Hope all along.

Other prizes
dezeen awards 2021 - longlisted for Architecture, Hospitality Building