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The Plaza, the French Renaissance Château-Style Building….

Batterberry, Michael and Ariane. On The Town In New York. New York:  Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973. By: Alexandra Chiurri

Batterberry, Michael and Ariane. On The Town In New York. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973. By: Alexandra Chiurri


The Plaza is the second hotel of that name on the site. The French Renaissance château-style building was designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh and opened to the public October 1, 1907. Originally the Plaza cost $12.5 million to build in 1907. The Plaza was accorded landmark status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1988 and is, with the Waldorf-Astoria, the only New York City hotel to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. In the 1950s it was the setting for Kay Thompson’s series of Eloise books, Eartha Kitt and Peggy Lee played the Persian Room, unaccompanied ladies were not permitted in the Oak Room bar and the Palm Court was favored for luncheons and teas. The Beatles stayed at the Plaza during their first visit to the United States in February, 1964. On November 28, 1966, in honor of publisher Katharine Graham, Truman Capote hosted his acclaimed “Black & White Ball” in the Grand Ballroom. In September 1985, the Plaza Accord was signed at the Plaza. The Accord served as an agreement among the finance ministers of the United States, Japan, West Germany, France and Britain to bring down the price of the U.S. dollar against their currencies. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986.[1],[3],[4]
Batterberry, Michael and Ariane. On The Town In New York. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1973. By: Alexandra Chiurri
Reported: Sunday, November 15th, 2009
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