Basin Street’s Riverfront Courtyard by Marriott – Ugly, 1960s Soviet – Style Edifice to Dominate View of Petaluma from 101

The Courtyard by Marriott hotel coming to Petaluma as part of Basin St. Properties’ Riverfront project, is back on the Petaluma Planning Commission’s agenda for its upcoming March 28 meeting.

Their current proposal for the hotel’s architecture is remarkably unattractive, and has been (accurately, in our view) described as befitting a 1960s Soviet style edifice.

They are capable of doing much, much better, which you may see for yourself by Googling “Courtyard Marriott” and searching for images. Check out their facilities in Simi Valley, St. Augustine FL, Chapel Hill NC, Port of Spain, St. Petersburg (Russia), Moscow City Center, Charleston-Mt.Pleasant, Irvine-Spectrum, Nashville, Springfield (MO) Airport, Lake George NY, Clemson SC, Middlebury VT, Dallas/DFW, Denver Downtown, Columbus OH, Tbilisi, New Braunfels (TX) for some alternatives. [Thanks to David Keller for the heads-up].

This is an extremely high visibility, riverfront project. They can and should do a better job of creating an attractive facility befitting Petaluma.

Contact your Planning Commissioners to let them know your thoughts on the matter while we still have time to influence this building’s design.

Chair: Diana Gomez dianaegomez@gmail.com
Vice Chair: Richard Marzo richard@lacehouselinen.com
Second Vice Chair: Bill Wolpert wolpert@sonic.net
Jocelyn Lin jocelynyeh@yahoo.com
Jennifer Pierre jenpierrepetaluma@yahoo.com
Gina Benedetti-Petnic ginamarie.bp@gmail.com

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