Look Up: The Midtown Hotel That Set the Standard for Overnight Stays

John H. Duncan, the architect, decided that over-sized features would compensate for hotel being situated on a non-major avenue. Duncan was no stranger to monumentalism, having designed both the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Memorial Arch in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza and the tomb at General Grant National Memorial. As the neighborhood grew, slowly becoming the notorious Tenderloin, hoteliers found numerous sites to build their latest ventures. 

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