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Meatpacking District Building's Swiss Cheese Makeover Complete

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The slow reveal of the facade makeover of the upcoming Dream Downtown Hotel is complete, and Holey Sant! Sant Singh Chatwal that is, who, along with his son, Vikram, is behind the conversion of this former homeless shelter to a luxury boutique hotel. The building, at 346 West 17th Street, used to have a more simple porthole pattern reminiscent of the nearby Maritime Hotel and the endangered O'Toole Building. All three were designed by architect Albert Ledner, who must have dressed as sailor by his mom when he was little. Writes our tipster, "Looks pretty awesome, especially with the sun setting over the west." The Wall Street Journal just profiled the Chatwals, and reported that the 316-room Dream will open in early 2011.

· Survivor Stands on Verge of a Grand New Expansion [WSJ]
· Dream Downtown Hotel coverage [Curbed]