Long before the SoHo Grand, there was another grand hotel in New York City. Located at the corner of Broadway and 31st Street, the Grand Hotel was built in 1868 and designed by the architect Henry Englebert. Englebert had a prolific New York-based architecture practice at the time, constructing numerous churches, hotels, and theaters including the Bouwerie Lane Theatre on Bond and Bowery, and Grand Central Hotel across from it. Both that hotel and the Grand, built only two years earlier, were in the style of the French Second Empire. Both rivaled the magnificence of the Grand Hotel in Paris.

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