Grand Hotel (New York City)

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Grand Hotel
(2012)
Grand Hotel (New York City) is located in New York City
Grand Hotel (New York City)
Location 1232-1238 Broadway
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates: 40°44′50″N 73°59′19″W / 40.74722°N 73.98861°W / 40.74722; -73.98861
Built 1868
Architect Henry Engelbert
Architectural style Second Empire
NRHP Reference # 83001725[1]
NYCL # 164
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 15, 1983
Designated NYCL September 11, 1979
The hotel (left) in 1910. At right is Wallack's Theatre

The Grand Hotel at 1232-1238 Broadway at the corner of West 31st Street in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1868 and was designed by Henry Engelbert in the Second Empire style. Englebert designed the hotel for Elias S. Higgins, a properous carpet manufacturer and merchant, who had also utilized Engelbert's services to put up a marble-fronted warehouse on White Street near Broadway, and would go on to employ him to design the Grand Central (later Broadway Central) Hotel as well.

At the time the Grand Hotel was built, the area of Broadway between Madison Square and Herald Square was the premier entertainment district in the city, teaming with theatres, restaurants and hotels. The sleezier establishments on the side streets soon gave the district a new name, the "Tenderloin". When the theater district moved uptown again, the area became part of the Garment District, and the Grand Hotel became a cut-rate residential hotel.[2][3][4]

The building was designated a New York City Landmark in 1979,[3] and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Dillon, James T. "Grand Hotel Designation Report" New York Landmarks Preservation Commission (September 11, 1979)
  3. ^ a b New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Postal, Matthew A. (ed. and text); Dolkart, Andrew S. (text). (2009) Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.) New York:John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1, p.81
  4. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot with Leadon, Fran (2010). AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195383867. , p.264

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