Monday, November 23, 2009

Ansonia Hotel

This is a corner of a building I've often admired on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It was originally built as a residential hotel and is now apartments. Here is some information excerpted from Wikipedia: "The Ansonia residents lived in luxurious apartments with multiple bedrooms, parlors, libraries, and formal dining rooms that were often round or oval. Besides the usual array of tearooms, restaurants, and a grand ballroom, the Ansonia had Turkish baths and a lobby fountain with live seals. Another unusual feature of the building is its cattle elevator, which enabled dairy cows to be stabled on the roof.

The Ansonia has had many celebrated residents, including: the baseball player, Babe Ruth; the composer, Igor Stravinksy; and the Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, who chose the hotel to live in because of its thick walls."

9 comments:

DaveM said...

Beatiful building, doesn't that looks like a helipad on the top?

Olivier said...

il est magnifique cet 'ancien' hôtel, et puis que liste de musiciens qui ont vécus ici

Babzy said...

w ! I'd like to visit one flat !!!

GMG said...

Hi Lori! Amazing!! Some years ago I remember walking up to the Upper West Side to take a picture of the Ansonia... It must be somewhere. Thanks for showing it nicely!!

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the_plainsman said...

I'd heard the name, and have seen that building from a distance, but never connected the two. A relic of NYC's "Golden Age." I like how your image focused on one of its most noteworthy features.

Blue Wave 707 said...

That's an interesting-looking building! Pretty fancy apartments ... nice perspective angle too!

Wanda said...

What a lovely piece of architecture. Would love to see the inside too. That would be a cute place to have an Art Studio.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Hudson Goods said...

I love this building. Check out my recent post, I think you will like ti!

marley said...

Not enough buildings have facilities for cows! lol!

What a fantastic looking building, with an amazing history.