NINE dot ARTS to curate artwork for Union Station

When The Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station opens in summer 2014, it will be filled with art curated by NINE dot ARTS, a Denver-based corporate art consulting firm whose projects have included SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown on the MSU Denver campus.

The Crawford Hotel, named for urban preservationist and Union Station partner Dana Crawford, honors the history of the train station while providing guests with modern luxury. The 112 uniquely decorated guest rooms will reflect the different eras of the building's history.

"We’re finding art in all kinds of really interesting places," says Martha Weidmann, co-founder of NINE dot ARTS. "We have people who are the usual suspects, as well as finding things in antique shops, flea markets and estate sales."

The hotel also will feature artifacts that were found inside the benches in the historic building, including trading cards of Hollywood glamour stars from the 1930s, old train tickets and luggage tags.

Other projects NINE dot ARTS is working on include curating the art for nearly 1 million square feet at the Exempla St. Joseph Hospital; the 2.2 million-square-foot Colorado Convention Center; and the Colorado National Bank Building, which is being redeveloped as a hotel. 

"We are a young growing company in a niche, creative field," Weidmann says. "Not a lot of women are doing startups."

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