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Palm Court Cafe: 1903

Palm Court Cafe: 1903

New York circa 1903. "Hotel Gregorian -- Palm Court Cafe." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


Apparently now The Gregory

So soothing

I should order a print of this (no, that's not a plug!) to hang over my home office desk. There is something about it that is just so soothing. I can imagine a small string trio playing hits of the day (quietly, so as not to intrude on conversation) ... sigh.

It Would Look Like this Today

This is what all restaurants are experiencing during today's crisis - no customers allowed in.

So much depends on who owns it

Don't neglect to click on the link provided in Dave's description. In 1913 the proprietorship changed and the new owner "emphasized affordability rather than elegance." Today this hotel is a Comfort Inn. Parts of the original elegance are still visible.

"Carry Out Only"

Another poignant reminder of "social distancing' rules, circa 1903! What a delightfully elegant cafe. I feel like I need to put on a coat and tie just to look at this wonderful photo!

Fern bar

Anticipating by 70 or 80 years.

Glass Half-Full? Maybe Quarter-Full.

I followed the link to read about the Hotel Gregorian, and learned that the building still stands, now serving as a Comfort Inn. Both interior and exterior have changed, not for the better, but the original glory peeks through.

Everything is perfect and wonderful

And beautiful. Then you notice the humble clay pots on the bus table. They seem strangely out of place.

Call the maître d'

Missing glass on Table 1.

Ladies’ Room

In 1903, did NYC hotel cafes have restrooms for their patrons?

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