On the northeast corner of Manhattan’s 6th Avenue and 54th Street, the sculpted façade of the Warwick Hotel looks much as it did when it was first commissioned by William Randolph Hearst in 1926. Depicted here is a portion of one of the several chiseled windowsills that adorn the hotel’s second floor exterior. Photographed on March 14, 2014. Higher resolution versions of this photo can be viewed at 500px.com.
Love these beautiful architectural details.
Thank you, Pat—gems like these seem to hide in plain sight throughout all of NYC.
Such amazing detail here, Kenn, and you have captured it beautifully.
Have a wonderful evening!
Thank you so much, Lisa—and a wonderful evening to you, too!
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.
Very interesting find!
Thanks, Nanette. As you probably know, Manhattan is a veritable treasure chest of interesting finds.
E’ molto bello, per fortuna lo hanno curato e mantenuto bello!!
Grazie, Patrizia. Sono sempre sorpreso quanti pezzi vecchi e interessanti di architettura si trovano a New York City.
E io ti ringrazio perché ce li mostri!!