The Hungarian-born Marcel Breuer was a modernist architect and furniture designer who learned his skills at the world-famous Bauhaus art school. Some of his most notable designs were in Brutalist architecture style.
In 1970 a fine example of Brutalism was erected in the neighborhood of Long Wharf in New Haven, Connecticut. The 9-floor tall Pirelli Tire Building made it on the National Register of Historic Places list in 2021, which paved the way for its protected future use.
In 2019 the Connecticut architect and developer Becker + Becker decided to purchase the Brutalist building and convert it into a net-zero energy boutique hotel. If all goes to plan, the hotel will be the first Passive House-certified hotel in the U.S., partially thanks to the more than one thousand solar panels installed to generate electricity.
In spring 2022, the 165-room Hotel Marcel opened its doors to travelers looking for a unique architectural experience. The hotel, run by the Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotels, honored the architect using his name.