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.

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  1. […] The Hamilton (60 East 9th) was built by H.I. Feldman in 1954, followed by Feldman’s The Lafayette (at 30 East 9th) in 1955. Much like developments today, the names of the apartment houses tended to reflect, often in name only, the history of the site. The Lafayette was so named because it replaced the out-of-fashion Lafayette Hotel, which was home to a cafe beloved by older Villagers. Also demolished in the name of mid-century progress was the Brevoort Hotel. Standing on long-owned land of the Brevoort family, the hotel was a famed Village mainstay with its own beloved cafe frequented by artists and bohemians. (Off the Grid has discussed both these hotels in previous posts.) […]

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