It’s impossible to forget that part of the new Hotel Indigo at 901 E. East Washington Ave. was once a Mautz Paint warehouse.
For one thing, parts of the 100-year-old building remain intact. For another, the allusions to painting are inescapable: paint brushes and cans as art displays, stylized “paint” dripping down from every guest room mirror, framed pictures of paint cans in the bathrooms, the huge Mautz sign looming over the hotel reception desk and a restaurant named Palette.
In a time when boutique hotels are en vogue, Hotel Indigo, which opened last Thursday, takes homage to its home city to the next level.
Hotel Indigo is just one phase of developer Curt Brink’s vision for the 900 block of East Washington Avenue, named Archipelago Village.