St. Regis Hotel, 2 East 55th Street

A frothy confection of Second Empire Revival architecture, the immense St. Regis Hotel consists of an original building of 1904 by Trowbridge & Livingston with a 1927 addition by Sloan & Robertson.  The famed “Old King Cole” mural by artist Maxfield Parrish graces the King Cole Bar, installed in 1932; the mural was originally commissioned… Continue reading

270 Fifth Avenue, Holland House

Constructed as the Holland House in 1890, 270 Fifth Avenue is one of the grandest such survivors from the period that saw the brownstone houses of Nomad replaced by no less opulent hotels.  Designed by Harding & Gooch, 270 Fifth Avenue was intended to suggest the external restraint associated with the earlier domestic buildings while… Continue reading