13 comments on “Windowsill

  1. Ah, Hearst. What a life. Is this building wall erected of concrete covered in stucco. No, It looks like concrete stained over the years. This is an interesting pediment. So, he commissioned the hotel? A warm climate for Millicent, maybe. Stop it, George. An interesting find, Kenn.

    • Thank you, George. Actually, from what I’ve been able to determine, Hearst initially commissioned the building not as a hotel, but as both a private residence for his mistress, Marion Davies, and a place to accommodate those of his Hollywood friends who occasionally visited Manhattan. And while I can’t say for sure what material was used for the sculpted facade, knowing Hearst’s tastes, I’m guessing it’s something far more expensive than concrete or stucco. 🙂

      • I meant to say “Marion”. Good grief. The Mad Cow. I wondered about that. I’m delighted to learn that I guessed correctly even if it wasn’t originally a hotel. That it was a residence makes sense. Thanks, Kenn.

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