Category: History

June 13 2013

Two Legends “Looking Good”

This morning, AM New York featured an article entitled “Looking Good” about our neighbor St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Like us, the historic church is undergoing a massive restoration project and is starting to reveal the fruits of its labor. We are excited for the renovations as the cathedral provides our guests with great views as mentioned in our post, A Serene View. “There are 16 levels coming down and by next week they should be all gone,” Rolando Kraehner, on-site architect … Read More

May 21 2013

Designers of the Villard Mansion

In the late 1800s, the building of the Villard Mansion was something of a big deal on Madison Avenue. When Henry Villard started to build the mansion, he sought out his brother-in-law, Charles Follen McKim and his associates to help design the mansion. The commission of the Villard Mansion boosted the careers of McKim, William Rutherford Mead and Stanford White who together would form McKim, Mead & White as a result of their success with Villard. Ultimately, these designers were … Read More

May 10 2013

Villard North Pt. 1: A Tenant History

If you’ve entered the hotel through our Madison Avenue courtyard entrance, you may have noticed the doors to the right and left of the main entryway. The door on the right will take you to the Madison Room for dining, and the door on the left will take you to yet another historic part of the Villard Mansion. As this space, Villard North, is being renovated, we wanted to take our readers through the history of its past tenants. Originally, … Read More