The Bradley, Fort Wayne, Indiana’s up-and-coming boutique hotel, created in partnership with hotel owner and operator, Provenance, and Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder of iconic women’s fashion brand Vera Bradley, will officially open its doors on Thursday, July 15. Born of Midwestern charm and modern design sensibilities, the 124-room hotel will serve as the epicenter of entertainment and hospitality in the growing urban center of Fort Wayne, featuring nine purpose-built suites, a gallery of rotating art and two restaurants including a rooftop bar.

The Bradley: inspired with art

In keeping with Provenance’s mission to celebrate the arts and their creators, The Bradley will illuminate Fort Wayne’s brilliant talent by featuring local artwork throughout the hotel to tell the story of the city.

Each room will include custom botanical-inspired typographic prints commissioned by local artist, Julie Wall of HEDGE Studios. Additionally, the hotel will have a rotating art gallery in the main lobby in partnership with Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Department of Art and Design. The gallery will showcase the works of students, faculty and alumni, and exhibited works may be offered for sale. Additional works created by local artist Theoplis Smith III, aka Phresh Laundry, known for his pop culture art installations and larger-than-life murals placed around the city, will be displayed in the public areas of the hotel.

Design features unique to the Bradley

Dutch East Design, a New York-based interior design and branding firm, led the design concept for the Bradley’s interior. Upon arrival, the lobby opens into a welcoming living room, creating a warm ambience marked by rich fabrics and textures like a stained wood ceiling and wall panels and custom-designed pendants and furnishings. Decorative freestanding screens, highlighted with fine bronze frames and textured sheers, set the stage for reception. Tying it all together, the reception desk and matching communal table are adorned with artwork and custom five-branch bronze chandeliers that cast warm light to fill the space.

Inspiration for the luxury and deluxe bedrooms comes from Baekgaard’s personal style, exemplified by a blend of soft sophistication and vibrant pops of color, including floral headboards in the bedroom and custom wallpaper in the hall of bath. The Bradley also offers nine suites of various configurations. Paying homage to the Hoosier State, all suites are named after an Indiana town, with two suites designed by Katherine Durant of Provenance Hotels and the others by Baekgaard. Feature details range from separate sitting areas and walk-in rainfall showers to some with freestanding tubs, wet bars, and outdoor balconies.

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