|Ladies Cafe, Hotel McAlpin (1913)|
Location: 34th Street and Broadway (Herald Square), New York, New York, USA
Closed: Closing date of Ladies Cafe unknown; McAlpin family sold the hotel in 1938. In 2001, building converted to condominiums.
I say it's tea time! (It's got to be tea time some place, yes?) So let's pop over to the Hotel McAlpin's Ladies Cafe for refreshments.
The Hotel McAlpin was designed by the noted architect Frank Mills Andrews (1867-1948), and was the largest hotel in the world at the time of its completion. Like many high-end hotels of that era, it also included a ladies cafe, where the ladies might sup or enjoy a spot of tea without a male escort in tow. Regarding the design of the Ladies Cafe, this is what one trade journal of the time solemnly declared:
The restaurant is done in natural oak and gold with mirrored walls of the period of Louis Seize. The ornamentation of the ceiling is an adaption from the decoration of one of the royal palaces in Milan executed by Albertolli, 1787.
What makes this hotel particularly interesting is that it had a floor reserved exclusively for women guests. As the New York Times explained in December 1912,
|1920 ad for Hotel McAlpin, Wellesley Alumnae Quarterly|