Plaza Hotel Interiors

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

768 Fifth Avenue and 2 Central Park South

ARCHITECT: Henry Janeway Hardenbergh

DATE: 1905-07

STYLE: Beaux-Arts, German Renaissance Revival, Spanish Renaissance Revival, Neo-Classical

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The Plaza Hotel is located in a prominent site overlooking Central Park. The interior of the Hotel Plaza consists of the Fifth Avenue lobby vestibules, the 59th Street Lobby, the Edwardian Room, Grand Ballroom Foyer, the Main Corridors, Oak Room and Bar, and Terrace Room Corridor.

Since it was built in 1907, the Plaza Hotel has remained as one of the world’s great hotels since it opened in 1907, is located on a prominent site overlooking Central Park, Grand Army Plaza and Fifth Avenue. In 1971 The New York Times architecture critic, Ada Louise Huxtable, called it “New York’s most celebrated symbol of cosmopolitan and turn-of-the-century splendor, inside and out.”

Hardenbergh was one of the most prominent architects of his time, as he set standards for the design of luxury American hotels on the exterior and interior of his buildings. The Beaux-Arts style 59th Street Lobby and Main Corridor feature strikingly veined and carefully matched stonework in white and Breccia marble. The German Renaissance Revival style Oak Room features wood paneling with elaborate carvings on the west wall, murals of medieval castles and a coved plaster ceiling. The Spanish Renaissance Revival style Edwardian Room features a paneled wood wainscoting and an elaborate trussed ceiling with carved bosses, stenciled decorations and mirrors. The neo-Classical style Palm Court features walls faced with Caen stone and accented with a giant order of highly polished marble pilasters, a colonnade of marble columns separating the space from the main corridor and marble caryatids representing the Four Seasons on the west wall.

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

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