Barbizon 63

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Barbizon Hotel for Women
Barbizon Hotel for Women, July 2007
Barbizon 63 is located in New York City
Barbizon 63
Barbizon 63 is located in New York
Barbizon 63
Barbizon 63 is located in the United States
Barbizon 63
Location140 E. 63rd St., Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°45′53″N 73°57′58″W / 40.76472°N 73.96611°W / 40.76472; -73.96611Coordinates: 40°45′53″N 73°57′58″W / 40.76472°N 73.96611°W / 40.76472; -73.96611
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectPalmer H. Ogden, Everett F. Murgatroyd
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late Gothic Revival
NRHP reference #82001186 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 29, 1982
Designated NYCLApril 17, 2012

The Barbizon, which in 2005 became the condominium Barbizon 63, was for many decades a historic female-only residential hotel for young women who came to New York City for professional opportunities, but still wanted a "safe retreat" that felt like the family home.[2] It is located at 140 East 63rd Street, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City.


The Barbizon 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.[3]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

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.[4] 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 were still 14 women living under the old arrangements at the hotel due to rent control in 2006.[4]

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.

Famous residents[edit]



In popular culture[edit]

  • 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 the 2015 Marvel TV Series Agent Carter, Peggy Carter lives in the Griffith, a fictional hotel heavily inspired by The Barbizon. Like The Barbizon, it is located on 63rd Street & Lexington Avenue.
  • In Sylvia Plath's novel, The Bell Jar, The Barbizon is prominently featured under the name "The Amazon". The novel's protagonist (and Plath's fictional alter ego), Esther Greenwood, lives there during a summer internship at a fashion magazine. This event is based on Plath's real-life internship at the magazine Mademoiselle in 1953.
  • In Fiona Davis's debut novel, The Dollhouse, The Barbizon Hotel/Barbizon 63 Condos is featured in a fictitious coming-of-age story that details two generations of young women whose lives intersect.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  2. ^ "Places where Women Made History". National Park Service. Archived from the original on June 27, 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Barbizon Hotel for Women". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. August 1982. Retrieved 2011-03-25. See also: "Accompanying nine photos".
  4. ^ a b c d e f Barbanel, Josh (2006-03-19). "A New Chapter for the Barbizon". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Episode 965 – Rita Rudner".

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