Warwick New York Hotel
|Warwick New York|
Warwick New York
|Architectural style||Renaissance revival|
|Location||65 West 54th Street, New York, New York|
|Owner||Warwick Hotels and Resorts|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Emery Roth, George B. Post & Sons|
|Developer||William Randolph Hearst|
|Number of rooms||426|
Architecture and design
The 36-floor Renaissance Revival building was designed by Emery Roth in association with the architectural firm of George B. Post & Sons. The hotel's three-story base is covered with limestone and granite. The brown brick superstructure has two wings projecting to the street from the property line. The wings set back several times, receding into the main slab—itself thinning into a top tower after further setbacks. The overall shape of the structure has a strong vertical thrust.
William Randolph Hearst built the Warwick New York in 1926 for $5 million. Long catering to the elite, Hearst built the 36-story residential tower to accommodate his Hollywood friends as well as his mistress, the actress Marion Davies, who had her own specially-designed floor in the building.
The hotel's restaurant, Murals on 54, features the 1937 murals of American illustrator Dean Cornwell. The famed murals were fully restored following a 2004 renovation of the restaurant. The Warwick is also home to Randolph’s Bar & Lounge, whose rosebud leitmotif references Hearst’s purported nickname for Marion Davies.
The owner of the Warwick New York is Warwick Hotels and Resorts, which was founded in 1980 with the purchase of this hotel by its chairman, Richard Chiu.
According to the Warwick Hotel website, James Dean, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Meyer Lansky, and Elvis Presley were frequent guests. Actor Cary Grant resided at the Warwick and lived in the hotel for 12 years. During one of The Beatles trip to the U.S., they stayed in the Warwick.
In popular culture
In the Mad Men season 4 episode, "Hands and Knees", Lane Pryce's father stays at the Warwick Hotel when visiting New York in August 1965, with the intention of bringing Lane back to London with him. That same week, Don Draper takes his daughter to see The Beatles at Shea Stadium.
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