Barbizon Hotel for Women
Barbizon Hotel for Women, July 2007
|Location||140 E. 63rd St., Manhattan, New York City, New York|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Palmer H. Ogden, Everett F. Murgatroyd|
|Architectural style||Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late Gothic Revival|
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|Added to NRHP||October 29, 1982|
The Barbizon Hotel for Women, now known as Barbizon 63, was symbolic of the cultural change as women began to come to New York City for professional opportunities, but still wanted a "safe retreat" that felt like the family home. It is located at 140 East 63rd Street, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, New York State, USA.
It was built in 1927 incorporating a blend of Italian Renaissance, Late Gothic Revival, and Islamic decorative elements. It is a 23-story steel frame building encased in concrete and faced in salmon-colored brick with limestone and terra cotta decorative elements.
For most of its existence, it operated as a residential hotel for women, with no men allowed above the ground floor, and strict dress and conduct rules were enforced. The hotel became a more standard hotel when it began admitting men as guests in 1981. In 2002, a $40 million renovation was completed and the name was changed to The Melrose Hotel. In 2005 the hotel closed and the building was gutted and rebuilt for condominium use and renamed Barbizon 63.
Even after the condo renovation, there are still 13 women living under the old arrangements at the hotel due to rent control.
The building includes a large indoor pool which is today part of an Equinox Fitness club, and air rights to adjacent properties were purchased when the building was constructed, ensuring plenty of light and unimpeded views for the upper floors.
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- Edith Bouvier Beale
- Lauren Bacall
- Ann Beattie
- Barbara Bel Geddes
- Candice Bergen
- Margaret Brown
- Betty Buckley
- Peggy Cass
- Joan Crawford
- Joan Didion
- Edna Ferber
- Camille Keaton
- Grace Kelly
- Cloris Leachman
- Ali MacGraw
- Dorothy McGuire
- Liza Minnelli
- Sylvia Plath
- Phylicia Rashad
- Madlyn Rhue
- Jessica Savitch
- Cybill Shepherd
- Mona Simpson
- Jaclyn Smith
- Elaine Stritch
- Gene Tierney
- Eudora Welty
In popular culture
- In the television series Mad Men, the Barbizon is noted as the place of residence of one of Don Draper's post-divorce love interests, Bethany Van Nuys. Don drops her off at the Barbizon in the 1st and 8th episodes of Season 4.
- In the 1967 Nick Carter spy novel The Red Guard, Carter books his teenage god-daughter into the Barbizon.
- In Sylvia Plath's novel, "The Bell Jar," the Barbizon is prominently featured, however under the name, "The Amazon." The novel's protagonist (and Plath's fictional alter ego), Esther Greenwood lives there during a summer internship at fashion magazine. This event is based on the Plath's real-life internship at the magazine, "Mademoiselle" in 1953.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Jim Jencks. "Places where Women Made History". Nps.gov. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
- Anne B. Covell (August 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Barbizon Hotel for Women". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-03-25. See also: "Accompanying nine photos".
- A New Chapter for the Barbizon