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Hotel Netherland: 1905

Hotel Netherland: 1905

New York, 1905. "Hotel Netherland, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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Metropolitan Club

The building on the far left is the Metropolitan Club, at 1 E. 60th Street. Very interesting history on their website:

Can we get some people?

My answer to loujudson, whom I acknowledge as a long-time and valued commenter, is: there are actually so many people in this picture! My favourite is the coach guy in top hat, far right, looking straight at the camera 115 years ago, alive today as we look at him.


Why do all the horses have a covering/blanket?

[They're cold. - Dave]

Masterful photography

1905 excellence offered in this architectural image. Perspective totally under control, exposure rendering of highlights and shadows could not be better and as a bonus, clouds in the sky brought out by the use of a filter. I stand in awe of what was produced here.

[Photoshop probably deserves a smidge of credit here. - Dave]

Keep those Old Buildings Coming!

I wish to make my voice heard loud and clear -- I disagree with loujudson on the subject of old buildings. Keep posting their pictures, I can never get enough of them! I love them all, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. Pictures of old buildings are what brought me to Shorpy in the first place, and that's what keeps me coming back here, day after day. Nobody does pictures of old buildings better than!


At least two windows without awnings.

At the moment of the photo, The Netherland looks like a clipper tied to a pier. On a hot August afternoon, we may see the same ship rounding the Horn.

I suspect that Awning Salesman was a pretty good gig back in '05. Still some work to do on this block.


Say it ain’t yous’ Joe

Old Buildings Fan

Keep them coming, I will not scoff at your posts as this site is a service to those that like to take a break from the modern day-to-day in order to see what life was like for our past brothers and sisters. There is a great mix of buildings, people, transportation, and much more throughout Shorpy.

What's interesting about this building is while the statue still remains, most of the buildings in this picture have been replaced. Although the main building on the corner was replaced by a similarly built and much taller structure.

Pro-Shorpy Viewer Tip: Jump to one of the over 600 other pages of posts to see what interesting and unique photography was shot in yesteryear.

And it's still there

This building is still there, with some exterior modifications and additions, but it is still accommodating visitors and getting five-star reviews on Trip Advisor and other travel sites.

[Actually it was demolished in 1927. - Dave]

I LOVE the old buildings so keep the photos coming. How about some photos from Tennessee -- there are old buildings there too.

Love the old buildings!

The intricate designs put on paper and then brought to life in hundreds of tons of rock and brick at magnificent heights is very interesting to me. Today we have plain steel box frameworks covered in glass (talk about dangerous!) that are supposed to inspire..doesn't work for me. Give me a farmland 4 story county courthouse in gingerbread wedding cake design any day!

Grand Army Plaza

The building on the left is still there. The shiny statue is gilded -- then and now. I thought it might be a brand new bronze statue that hadn't tarnished yet.

Horses & Hats

I don’t see an Internal Combustion Engine anywhere - but do see a hat on every head!

Old buildings

Are getting somewhat tiresome to me! Can we get some people, or other interesting things? That gingerbread fakery on these old behemoths look dangerous - but then I live in Earthquake country!

You don't need to post this, I just wanted to say enough of these old things!

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