Bowman-Biltmore Hotels

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Bowman-Biltmore Hotels was a chain created by hotel magnate John McEntee Bowman.

The name evokes the Vanderbilt family's Biltmore Estate, whose buildings and gardens within are privately owned historical landmarks and tourist attractions in Asheville, North Carolina, United States. The name has since been adopted by other unrelated hotels. For a time, the Bowman-Biltmore Hotels Corporation was a publicly traded company.




  • The Griswold was a seasonal resort hotel operated by Bowman Biltmore in New London, near Groton.



  • The Palm Beach Biltmore was not connected to the Bowman Biltmore group. It was built in 1926 as the Alba, then renamed The Ambassador in 1929. In 1933 it was sold to Henry L. Doherty, who had bought the Miami Biltmore two years earlier. He renamed the hotel the Palm Beach Biltmore. It was later owned by Hilton Hotels and finally closed in the 1970s and was converted to condos from 1979-1981.



  • A Detroit Biltmore was planned for the site of the Hotel Tuller on Detroit's Grand Circus Park. The Tuller was to have been demolished in 1929 and replaced by a towering 35-story, 1500 room hotel with an attached 14-story garage and 18-story office building. The plans were abandoned when the stock market crashed that year.[8]

New York[edit]

  • The New York Biltmore Hotel, designed by Warren & Wetmore, was part of Terminal City, a massive complex of hotels and office buildings connected to Grand Central Terminal. For 23 years the New York Biltmore was the home to the Grand Central Art Galleries, founded in 1922 by John Singer Sargent, Edmund Greacen, Walter Leighton Clark, and others.[9] In 1942, the hotel was the location of the Biltmore Conference which was a meeting of mostly Zionist groups that produced the Biltmore Program, a series of demands regarding Palestine. The hotel was closed in August 1981 by Paul Milstein, gutted to its steel skeleton and converted to an office building.[10] retaining only the Biltmore's famous Palm Court clock.
  • The Commodore Hotel, also by Warren & Wetmore, was on the opposite side of Grand Central. It was bought by Donald Trump in the 1970s and converted to the Grand Hyatt New York. The lower levels were similarly gutted to their steel skeleton, retaining the original floorplan, while the exterior was covered in a modern reflective glass facade.
  • The Belmont Hotel, across 42nd St from Grand Central, was the tallest in the world when built in 1908. It was demolished in 1939.
  • The Ansonia, the legendary apartment building, which was for a time an apartment hotel run by Bowman Biltmore.
  • The Murray Hill Hotel, on Park Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets, demolished in 1947.[11]
  • The Westchester Biltmore Country Club was founded by Bowman, who hired Walter Travis to design two golf courses in Westchester County, New York.
  • The Roosevelt Hotel, also connected to Grand Central Terminal opened as a United Hotel and merged with the Bowman-Biltmore Group in 1929. This hotel was later purchased by Conrad Hilton in 1948, Realty Hotel ( New York Central Railroad) operated it until 1980 and today is an operated by Interstate Hotels and owned by Pakistan Airlines.



  • An unassociated Biltmore Hotel once stood in downtown Oklahoma City at 228 West Grand Avenue. Conceived and built in 1932 during the Great Depression by the city's prominent civic leaders at the time, headed by Charles F. Colcord. Designed by architects Hawk & Parr, the Biltmore had 619 rooms and was thirty-three stories high making it the state's tallest building when it was completed. In 1936 alone, the Biltmore was headquarters for 104 conventions and saw 114,171 guests. After a $3 million renovation in the mid-1960s the Biltmore was renamed the Sheraton-Oklahoma Hotel. By 1973, the Sheraton brand was lost, and the Urban Renewal authority agreed with owners the Biltmore had outlived its useful life, although architect I.M. Pei had envisioned keeping the hotel, and his sketches and models all showed the tower overlooking the surrounding "Tivoli Gardens." The hotel was one of the largest demolitions in the country to date when it was blown up on October 16, 1977, by a team of demolition specialists to make way for the "Myriad Gardens." Hundreds of low-yield explosives were planted throughout the building so that it would collapse and fall inward into an acceptable area only slightly larger than the hotel's foundation. [12][13]

Rhode Island[edit]



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  9. ^ "Painters and Sculptors' Gallery Association to Begin Work," New York Times, December 19, 1922
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