Hotel Manhattan

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Hotel Manhattan (1897)

Hotel Manhattan (also known as Manhattan Hotel) was a US "railroad hotel" located on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City, New York. Built in 1895-96, it was to an 1893 design by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh.[1][2] Standing at 250 feet (76 m), it at one time held the record as "tallest hotel structure in the world".[3] Architectural features included three levels of dormers and a chateuesque roof.[3] It was razed in 1961 to make way for an office tower.[4] Built by Marc Eidlitz & Son, there were 16.5 stories, with 14 stories above the street level. The electrical contractor was C. L. Eidlitz. The fixtures, to a design by Hardenbergh, were manufactured by the Archer Pancoast Company. The hotel was opened under the proprietorship of Hawk & Wetlierbee.[5]

In September 1957, the unrelated Hotel Lincoln at 700 Eighth Avenue was remodeled and renamed as the Manhattan Hotel. In 1958, an enormous, illuminated letter "M"—31 feet wide and 12 feet deep—was added to the roof of the former Hotel Lincoln.

Architecture and fittings[edit]

The first floor featured the ladies' dining-room, which measured approximately 2,000 square feet (190 m2), and had six chandeliers. The main foyer, measuring approximately 2,250 square feet (209 m2), had a 16 feet (4.9 m) high ceiling. The main restaurant, measuring approximately 3,500 square feet (330 m2) had a ceiling 20 feet (6.1 m) high. The rotunda, also with a 20 feet (6.1 m) high ceiling, had 3,000 square feet (280 m2) of space and seven chandeliers.[5]


  1. ^ Indiana. Department of Geology and Natural Resources (1897). Report (Public domain ed.). W.B. Burford, state printer. p. 423.
  2. ^ Morehouse, Ward (2001). Inside the Plaza: An Intimate Portrait of the Ultimate Hotel. Applause Books. pp. 35–36. ISBN 978-1-55783-468-3.
  3. ^ a b Landau, Sarah Bradford; Condit, Carl W. (1 April 1999). Rise of the New York Skyscraper: 1865-1913. Yale University Press. pp. 340–. ISBN 978-0-300-07739-1.
  4. ^ "The Manhattan Hotel". 17 November 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b Electrical World (1897). Electrical World (Public domain ed.). McGraw-Hill. pp. 55–.

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Coordinates: 40°45′12″N 73°58′46″W / 40.7532°N 73.9795°W / 40.7532; -73.9795