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Historic Hotels of the Village

Demolition of the Hotel Brevoort, 1954. Photographer James Kavallines. From the New York Bound Collection, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
Demolition of the Hotel Brevoort, 1954. Photographer James Kavallines. From the New York Bound Collection, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

A recent report by Crain’s New York that a number of hotels were opening in and around the Union Square area had us thinking here at Off the Grid about some historic Village hotels.

The Hotel Brevoort was built in 1845 by the Brevoort family, owners of a large tract of land stretching from 5th Avenue to the Bowery and extending north of 14th Street. The hotel was demolished in 1954 and a new residential building, aptly named the Brevoort, still stands today. The hotel, and its later café, were frequented by heads of state as well as Village artists and writers.

The Hotel Lafayette via the New York Public Library. By Berenice Abbott, 1937.
The Hotel Lafayette via the New York Public Library. By Berenice Abbott, 1937.

The Hotel Lafayette was located in three townhouses on 9th Street and University Place, from the 1880s to 1953, until it was demolished and turned into a residential apartment building. The café was frequented by artists and writers, and was memorialized by artist John Sloan and photographer Berenice Abbott.

Unlike the Brevoort or Lafayette, the Hotel Albert was originally built as apartments, changed to a hotel in 1887, and converted into apartments in the 1970s. Located at 23 East Tenth Street, the complex of buildings was added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places in the summer of 2012. Like the other hotels, it too attracted writers and artists and even political and social radicals.

6 responses to “Historic Hotels of the Village

  1. All way before I was born. But all featured prominently in the novels etc by Dawn Powell. Since the demolishing of all the hotels, the Cedar Tavern bar– once on University, recently featured in Mrs. Maisel– is now a nail salon. The old lovely bldg is gone replaced by a grotesquely ugly fake looking cheap materials thing. Landlords by and large are hideous creatures.

  2. Does anybody know about a”New Hotel Brevoort”? (I have a platter of same, with a crest including globe thistles around, and in, a shield and a band beneath with the motto Nemo Me Impune Lacassit”.

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