Art power couple, Brice and Helen Marden bought the Hotel Tivoli (for $1.5 million) near their upstate home and studios and have spent a year or so renovating it into a homey retreat. The transformed 10-room Hotel Tivoli now has art by friends like Franceso Clemente and the late Rene Ricard and has a newly reopened 100-seat restaurant called The Corner. Brice told The Wall Street Journal;
“There’s always been a place here, and it’s good that it stays going. I’m anxious to get it open.”
The Mardens are hoping that the hotel and restaurant will attract locals and the Bard College crowd, as well as visitors from Hudson just a bit to the north. The vintage furniture in the hotel was bought upstate by the Mardens, who collaborated with the Reunion Goods & Services on the renovation. The personal details made their way to to the door moldings, which are a custom gray paint mixed by Brice. Apparently, the secret to the color —referred to as “Brice Gray”— is adding some cadmium orange to a regular old Benjamin Moore gray. Brice’s canvases sell for millions. (A small one is like $3 million+, which would buy and renovate the Hotel Tivoli, with plenty left over…)
In addition to their nearby residence, Rose Hill, they own several other houses and multiple studios (including a huge West Village spread and a place on Hydra in Greece). And they already have another hotel, as well the Golden Rock Inn on Nevis in the Carribean, which they bought in 2006. Says Helen;
“We each have a hobby. Golden Rock is mine, and this is Brice’s. But this is the end of our hotel chain.”
For more pictures and the full article, go here.
(Photos of Hotel Tivoli, Tina Tyrell; via The Wall Street Journal)