RDG in the Media: The Historic Hotel Maytag

September 10, 2019
Architecture Multifamily Commercial Restoration

An article published on Medium.com highlights the revitalization of the historic Hotel Maytag.

When it opened in 1926, the Hotel Maytag in Newton, Iowa boasted 100 rooms, fifth-floor apartments, radios in each room, a grand ballroom/banquet hall that seated 366 diners, a coffee shop and the Capitol Theatre. Many people believe it was the first air-conditioned hotel west of the Mississippi River.

In the 1960s, though, the ballroom closed and the building fell into disrepair. It was largely neglected until the City of Newton determinedly sought partners to rehabilitate the structure – not just to its original grandeur, but also to its status as an economic contributor and boon to Newton. 

Hatch Development Group purchased the building in 2017 and, working with RDG Planning & Design, Earth Services and Abatement, and Estes Construction, transformed the Hotel Maytag. Completed in the summer of 2019, the renovated hotel features 45 new workforce and market-rate apartments, a rehabilitated Capitol Theater and Midtown Cafe and several new retail shops. Today, this historic building has reenergized the community through its affordable housing and entertainment venue offerings.

Click to read Medium.com’s full feature of the renovated historic Hotel Maytag. 

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director