Beekman (Panhellenic) Tower
|Beekman Tower Hotel|
|Former names||The Panhellenic, Panhellenic Tower|
|Architectural style||Art Deco|
1-7 Mitchell Place|
Turtle Bay, Manhattan, New York City 10017
|Design and construction|
|Architect||John Mead Howells|
The tower was designed by John Mead Howells. Construction began on October 10, 1927, the cornerstone was laid on May 20, 1928, and the building opened on October 1, 1928. Originally named The Panhellenic, it was used as a club and hotel for women who had belonged to national Greek-letter sororities, providing affordable housing for many women entering the workforce during the period. The building features sculpture by Rene Paul Chambellan. The hotel was opened to male guests in 1932, and in 1934 was renamed Beekman Tower (Panhellenic) to present a more inviting image to both genders.
The organizational meeting for Gamma Sigma Sigma, National Service Sorority was held here on October 10–12, 1952. The tower was sold in 1964 and became a conventional hotel. The Beekman Tower Hotel operated until 2013, when it was sold to Silverstein Properties, the developer of the World Trade Center, and converted to long-term furnished corporate apartments.
- "Beekman Tower Hotel". Emporis. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
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