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Photos: A new life for a long-abandoned courthouse

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Tampa's long-abandoned old Federal Courthouse just finished quite the makeover.

On Wednesday, developers of Le Meridien Tampa unveiled their new 130-room boutique hotel, which is housed inside the old Tampa landmark.

MORE PHOTOS: Click here for gallery taken earlier this year

The $25-million dollar renovation transformed former courtrooms into a ballroom and meeting spaces, and turned judges' chambers into guest suites.

Memphis-based Development Service Group broke ground on the project in February 2013. Developers took their time to preserve as much of the original infrastructure as possible.

The end result: a one-of-a-kind, sleek hotel with striking touches of the building's past. Developers worked to capitalize on the building's original beauty.

Le Meridien's entrance into its Longitude Bar and Bizou Brasserie restaurant showcase the courthouse's original marble walls and intricate crown molding. Some guest rooms have 14-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, and no two rooms are alike.

On Wednesday, past judges of the old Federal Courthouse got a first look inside Le Meridien.

The hotel's soft opening is scheduled for June 16th. A formal grand opening is scheduled for June 26th.

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