Dauphin Hotel

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The Dauphin Hotel was an establishment located on the west block front of Broadway between 66th Street and 67th Street.[1] In 1958, the ballroom of the hotel was behind Julia Murphy's Bar.[2] The Dauphin Hotel was demolished as part of the excavation for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. By 1964, the site was taken by the Empire Mutual Insurance Group building. This edifice also occupied the space where the Marie Antoinette Hotel previously stood.

Hotel chronology[edit]

C.D. Halsey & Company moved its offices from the Hotel Dauphin to the Sherman Square Hotel, Broadway and 70th Street, in November 1929.[3] In 1942, it was purchased by investor Benjamin Winter, Sr.[4]

In May 1946 the Dauphin Hotel was designated as a depot in an Emergency Food Collection Drive coordinated by the American Women's Voluntary Services. It was one of five collection repositories in Manhattan. Mayor of New York City William O'Dwyer requested residents of the city to not eat bread, pies, cakes, and pastries at evening meals on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On these three nights meals would be dedicated to "Freedom From Famine", to end hunger abroad.[5]

New York Supreme Court Justice Kenneth O'Brien voided a 15% increase given the hotel in a case involving forty tenants, in May 1948.[6]

Donald Davis, son of playwright Owen Davis, resided at the Dauphin Hotel in May 1949. He worked for the American Broadcasting Company.[7]

The American Irish Minutemen of 1949 maintained their headquarters at the hotel. Numbering 1,000 members, the group organized pickets outside the Empire State Building on May 31, 1949. They protested a recent vote of the British House of Commons to permit the parliament of Northern Ireland to vote on the status of the six counties in the country. They encouraged a plebiscite conducted by the United Nations instead.[8]

Gilbert Gabriel, drama critic for Cue magazine and president of the New York Drama Critics Circle, resided at the hotel until his death in September 1952. While away from New York City he had lived with his wife, painter and lithographer Ada Vorhaus Gabriel, since 1931.[9]

Mrs. Henry B. Harris, a survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster, resided at the Dauphin Hotel in 1958. Her husband was lost with the ship. She was one of eight survivors of the ship's sinking who lived in New York at the time. A Night To Remember was shown especially for Harris and twenty others in a lounge off the main lobby of the hotel in October 1958. The English made motion picture was not released in theaters until December.[10]

A showing of paintings by Elsig Springer was held at the Dauphin Hotel in June 1960.[11]

Deaths[edit]

Louis De Franklin Munger, inventor of the demountable automobile rim and manufacturer of bicycles, died of heart disease at the hotel, in July 1929.[12] Morris Robinson, 75, a retired lawyer and former executive of I. Rokeach, Inc., makers of grocery products, died at the hotel in October 1952. He was a resident there for many years.[13] Carlton Miles, playwright and theatrical agent, died of a heart attack at his Dauphin Hotel apartment in September 1954. He was the press agent for Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne for fifteen years.[14]

Corrado Muccini, of the Metropolitan Opera musical staff, died in his Dauphin Hotel apartment in March 1959. He was sixty years of age. Muccini was previously a conductor in his native Italy and South America before coming to the United States in 1953.[15] Dr. George Louis Meylan, medical director of Columbia University died in his apartment at the hotel in February 1960. He was 86. A native of Le Brassus, Sweden, Meylan was Columbia's medical director from 1903 - 1929.[16]

Last days[edit]

Stanley J. Harte, owner of the Empire Mutual building, purchased the Dauphin Hotel and the Marie Antoinette Hotel for $3 million when his structure needed extra space. He resold the land to another insurance company and leased it back for forty years, with options of thirty and twenty-nine additional years. Concurrently Sonnenblick-Goldman obtained a $3.3 million leasehold mortgage from Harte for twenty-five years with a thirty-year option. There was an additional option to add five stories when necessary. The expansion was ongoing in December 1964.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mortgage Terms Show Flexibility", The New York Times, December 6, 1964, pg. R8.
  2. ^ About New York, The New York Times, March 17, 1958, pg. 36.
  3. ^ "Office Removal", The Wall Street Journal, November 4, 1929, pg. 17.
  4. ^ New York Times: "DAUPHIN BOUGHT BY BENJ. WINTER; Operator Makes First Hotel Purchase Since 1933 From Metropolitan Life Co. ASSESSED AT $1,050,000 Three Savings Banks Sell Two Houses and a Loft on West Side of Manhattan" December 01, 1942
  5. ^ "3 Wheatless Meals a Week Proclaimed by the Mayor", The New York Times, May 14, 1946, pg. 1.
  6. ^ "Rent Increase Voided", The New York Times, May 14, 1948, pg. 23.
  7. ^ "Owen Davis Jr. Dead in L.I. Sound; Disappeared From Grounded Yacht", The New York Times, May 22, 1949, pg. 1.
  8. ^ "100 Pickets Protest Dividing Of Ireland", The New York Times, June 1, 1949, pg. 36.
  9. ^ "Gilbert Gabriel, Drama Critic, 62", The New York Times, September 4, 1952, pg. 27.
  10. ^ "About New York", The New York Times, October 27, 1958, pg. 24.
  11. ^ "Galleries Offer Season Summary", The New York Times, May 29, 1960, pg. 60.
  12. ^ Louis De Franklin Munger, The New York Times, July 31, 1929, pg. 13.
  13. ^ Morris Robinson, The New York Times, October 19, 1952, pg. 89.
  14. ^ Carlton Miles, A Playwright, The New York Times, September 20, 1954, pg. 23.
  15. ^ Carrado Muccini, The New York Times, April 1, 1959, pg. 37.
  16. ^ 'George L. Meylan, Youth Leader, 86", The New York Times, February 16, 1960, pg. 37.

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Coordinates: 40°46′26″N 73°58′55″W / 40.774°N 73.982°W / 40.774; -73.982