Emery Roth was one of New York City’s premier architects of the 20th century. One of his earliest designs, his second in fact, was the Hotel Belleclaire. A very distinct building, which stands on the corner of 77th and Broadway. Designed in the Beaux Arts style, but heavily reliant on the influences of Art Nouveau and the Viennese Succession style, Emery Roth designed the Hotel Belleclaire in 1903 as a residence hotel for upper class families.
The hotel attracted many famous guests that included Maxim Gorky, Mark Twain and Babe Ruth. In 2008, the building was renovated into a 240 room affordable neighborhood hotel. Although some of the original architectural elements have since been removed, including a domed corner turret, this striking 10 story brick building with stone base and arches and decorated with Indian heads continues to attract the attention of passers-by.
For some really interesting stories about several former guests of the hotel visit: