44 West 44th Street,|
New York City
|Owner||Morgans Hotel Group|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Rossiter & Wright|
|Number of rooms||
90 apartments in 1898,|
168 rooms in 1988
The building was built in 1898 as the exclusive residential Hotel Royalton. Rossiter & Wright was the architecture firm commissioned, and the contractor was E. F. Dodson & Company. Its design was unusual because it was one of the first buildings to enable street-level passage from one block to the next. As originally designed, tenants had apartments overlooking 43rd or 44th Street, while servants lived in rooms overlooking the airshafts along the sides of the building.
One prominent resident of the Royalton was the humorist Robert Benchley.
Royalton is now part of the Highgate Hotel collection of hotels. During the summer of 2007, the Morgans Hotel Group decided to renovate the hotel to update the interior. The hotel reopened on October 1, 2007.
- No author listed (1898). A History of Real Estate, Building and Architecture in New York City During the Last Quarter of a Century. New York: The Real Estate Record Association (reprinted in 1967 by Arno Press). p. 323.
- Morgans Hotel Group
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