Just last week, we saw that there was actual work underway at the beautiful old Trinity Auditorium/Embassy Hotel at Grand and Ninth, which is apparently making some very slow but ostensibly steady progress in its conversion into the Empire Hotel (something like "a more upscale, slightly older Ace [Hotel]"), courtesy languid developer Chetrit Group. Now photographer Hunter Kerhart (via Brigham Yen) has snagged confirmation that the guest rooms are actually fairly far along, although the other elements in the ambitious renovation project—from notoriously sluggish developer Chetrit, which also owns Downtown's historic Hotel Clark and has been fixing it up for over a decade—still have kind of a haunted mansion vibe.
The rooftop pool, where work appeared to have started at least three years ago, still doesn't appear to be done, and the historic auditorium (set to become a venue) still looks pretty bare. Still, looking at the stained glass or the details on the staircase banister, it's easy to see how this gorgeous 1914 Beaux Arts building could become a fabulous hotel. It's expected that the hotel will have 183 hotel rooms, a groundfloor restaurant, an outdoor garden, a bar, and an entertainment venue on this prime corner of Downtown, but there's no timeline for completion yet. Obviously.