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Grand Hotel: 1908

Grand Hotel: 1908

New York in 1908. "Hotel Astor, Times Square." Note the fancy roof garden. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Oculus windows

Found this pic on the LOC website, it appears to be the top floor banquet room. The round windows appear to be covered in this photo.

A Pretty Penny!

Just look at the size of the Budweiser sign to the right rear of the photo. Even for 1908, the cost to build and erect such a sign must have cost s pretty penny. Would love to see this sign at night all lit up.

Oculus Windows

Into what sort of interior space did that row of oculus ("eyeball") windows admit light and air? Perhaps a ballroom?

Note that some of the other buildings in the background have oculus windows, but these are single windows, not a long row.

Certainly a nice collection of brass-era automobiles on the street.

Interesting juxtaposition

United Cigars, just a few doors down from Churchill's.

I found my room!

But by the Summer of '65, it had no awning any more. Two years later, it had no walls, floor, or ceiling either.

 
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