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An early look inside the MGM Springfield casino design

A rendering of the MGM Springfield lobby. MGM Resorts International

MGM Springfield is drawing inspiration from famous locals Emily Dickinson, dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster, and even Dr. Seuss as it prepares for its grand 2018 opening.

Unveiling a series of renderings Thursday, MGM dug deep into Springfield’s roots for the $950 million casino and hotel’s interior design.

The renderings of the hotel and casino’s lobby show warm reds with industrial wood and metal touches. Other details that call back to Springfield’s industrial history include exposed concrete-planked ceilings.

A second rendering of the MGM Springfield lobby. MGM Resorts International

Hotel guests will choose from a range of 250 rooms and suites, including the Resort Room, Main Street Queen & King, and City Queen & King (it’s in Queen rooms that you’ll find Dickinson quotes on the pillows).


In the rooms, light and dark colored walls play off of each other, “enveloping the room in an intimate ambiance.”

“There was a lot to work with as it related to the city’s vibrant legacy and we hope the guestroom experience will capture that and inspire our guests to explore the resort and the city at large,” Mike Mathis, president of MGM Springfield, said in a statement.

Only a couple of blocks from Court Square, the casino will be bracketed by two of the city’s early 20th-century landmarks, the sturdy Mass Mutual building and the columned facade of the United Electric building.

Earlier in the project’s process, MGM pledged to integrate its 14-acre development into the downtown cityscape by preserving all or a portion of several treasured buildings.

According to MGM, the company preserved “much of the city’s iconic buildings.”

MGM plans to restore the magnificent United Electric lobby, a masterpiece that features terrazzo floors, marbled walls, and a stained-glass dome, to be displayed at the casino.

More renderings:

MGM Springfield will offer a boutique hotel experience in downtown Springfield.Floto + Warner / MGM Resorts International
MGM Springfield’s design will commemorate the surrounding region. Floto + Warner / MGM Resorts International
The portfolio includes Resort, Main Street, and City room types.Floto + Warner / MGM Resorts International
The rooms will offer whimsical nods to Springfield’s history.Floto + Warner / MGM Resorts International

Sean P. Murphy of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.