Saving the Interior of the Plaza Hotel

MCNY Blog: New York Stories

Landmark designations are not only for buildings. Any piece of property that the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) deems to have important cultural, aesthetic, or historical characteristics may become a landmark. The LPC designates individual landmarks such as the Conference House on Staten Island,  scenic landmarks such as Prospect Park in Brooklyn, or historic districts such as the Mott Haven Historic District in the Bronx. In addition, the LPC may also consider the interior of a building for landmark status.

Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel, overlooking Central Park at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, was designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in 1969. However, only the building’s exterior, designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, was protected by the designation.

The hotel’s interior has changed along with its many owners since opening in 1907. In August 2004 Elad Properties purchased the hotel for $675,000,000. Several months later, the real estate development…

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