Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Astor Apartment House - St. Regis Hotel
St. Regis Hotel, which it became by the time it opened in 1904. The sketch suggests the building was originally intended as a high end apartment building and at some point was converted to a hotel (Astor had originally intended to build houses on the site). When it opened the NYTimes called it "the most richly furnished hotel in America" and cost $5,500,000 to build and furnish. Guests who could afford the $125 a day room charge were treated to numerous modern luxuries including a $300,000 air filtration system that removed a barrel of dust a day. Click HERE for more on the St. Regis Hotel and HERE to see it on google street view. Image from Architectural Record, 1901.