Boston, Massachusetts

The Story

project type
  • Hospitality
  • Northeast
Quick Facts:
  • 1,100+ artworks in two buildings

  • Five student commissions from Boston University

  • Original photography book produced for the Rathskeller Suite

  • Custom designed artwork for all guest rooms

  • May 4, 2015, “Hotel Commonwealth Debuts Lobby Redesign,” Lodging Magazine

  • May 4, 2015, “Hotel Commonwealth Unveils Renovated Lobby,” Hotel Business

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Originally developed by Boston University (BU), Hotel Commonwealth first reinvigorated Kenmore Square in 2003. With the renovation and expansion beginning in 2014, the boutique hotel’s modern and eclectic aesthetic nods to Boston’s colonial roots,  New England’s nautical ties, the site’s gritty past life, nearby Fenway Park, and the hotel’s association with BU. The collection features fine art by BU students, alumni, and faculty among works by other Massachusetts artists.
On the site where Hotel Commonwealth now stands was once, from the mid-1970s until the 1990s, The Rathskeller (nicknamed The Rat), an iconic, live music venue that became a Boston rock-and-roll institution. As a tribute to the former club, Hotel Commonwealth designed the Rathskeller Suite with historic rock-and-roll artifacts and photographs from the club’s glory days, including a book made specifically for the suite. The SoHo suite, designed to create an artist’s loft vibe, highlights the hotel’s connection to BU and features art from current and former BU art students and faculty. Leveraging Hotel Commonwealth’s rich history, NINE dot ARTS curated an art experience that pays homage to Boston’s past, present, and future while celebrating the city’s vibrant artistic community.
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“NINE dot ARTS was great to work with and made the art selection fun while capturing our story. They captured not only our image, culture and diversity but also those things that are outside the box that make the project feel right.

- Gary Branch, Director of Construction, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

Our ability to create authentic experiences for our guests is a key differentiator against our competition, and the art program that NINE dot ARTS created is a prime example. Much of the art comes from current Boston University (BU) students and alumni, which really connects with our guests. As a result, we continue to grow our share of business from BU.”

- Adam Sperling, General Manager, Hotel Commonwealth

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Martha Weidmann

Martha Weidmann

CEO & Co-Founder

When you’re born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, genteel grace and charm are just a natural byproduct of your upbringing. But Martha’s deep understanding of the art business and tenacious drive for business success are something all her own. As our CEO and Co-Founder of NINE dot ARTS, Martha oversees business planning, company finances, marketing and sales, team development, and is basically our head cheerleader and evangelist to the world. Martha left Alabama at 18 to expand her horizons and graduated from Colorado State University with a dual major – Communications and Fine Arts – to launch her journey. With her two diplomas in hand, she started her career with Walker Fine Art gallery in Denver, then moved on to the most prestigious art consulting firm (at the time) in the region, McGrath and Braun, from which NINE dot ARTS was born. Martha loves the business of art and finds tremendous satisfaction in helping new and emerging artists discover that you can actually get paid for your talent. She also loves using both sides of her brain on a daily basis, which can mean touring an amazing new NINE dot ARTS art experience in the morning and reviewing equally inspiring spreadsheets in the afternoon. When she’s not bouncing from meeting to meeting around our office, talking to movers and shakers in the art world, or giving high fives (with a handmade artistic hand, naturally) to team members, you might find her shopping at estate sales, urban hiking, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or making cool stuff with her three art loving children.

Martha supports the art community by: currently serving on the Board of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts and serving as Executive Director for Union Hall. Past experiences include lecturer for the Americans for the Arts conference in San Francisco on Art & Placemaking, serving on the Planning Committee for Stuart Semple’s Happy City, speaking on the CBCA Arts and Real Estate Panel, lecturer for the artist education series, Moxie U, and lecturer on Artist professional development for the Pueblo Economic Development Council.

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