The New York Palace
- For the hotel in Budapest, see New York Palace .
blends the historic landmark Villard Mansion
with a modern 55-story tower. Located at the center of Manhattan
at the corner of 50th Street
and Madison Avenue
, it is directly across the street from St Patrick's Cathedral
, and a short walk from Rockefeller Center
and Saks Fifth Avenue
. The hotel is featured prominently on the CW
series Gossip Girl
In 1882, Henry Villard
, a well-known railroad financier, hired McKim, Mead, and White
to create six private brownstone townhouses surrounding a courtyard on Madison Avenue. The prominent architectural firm created the houses in the neo-Italian Renaissance tradition, after the Palazzo della Cancellaria
In the spring of 1974, the developer Harry Helmsley
proposed a 55-story hotel for the site of the Villard Houses called The Helmsley Palace Hotel. To construct his hotel tower, Helmsley hired Emery Roth & Sons
, who created its design of dark bronze reflective glass and anodized aluminum to blend with the Villard Houses and its surrounding skyline.
In 1981, The Helmsley Palace Hotel opened, and Helmsley operated this hotel until 1992, when the hotel name changed to The New York Palace Hotel and came under the management of a private New York limited partnership.
During Helmsley's ownership Harry's wife Leona Helmsley
maintained a strict and intolerant management style which involved her firing staff members for trivial mistakes, an... Read More