👨🏫 A bit of NYC history:
Once owned by Donald Trump The Plaza Hotel is a landmark 20-story luxury hotel and condominium apartment building in Midtown Manhattan. Construction on the first Plaza Hotel at this location began in 1883 but the builders ran out of money, and the New York Life Insurance Company foreclosed and hired the most-celebrated architects of the era, McKim, Mead & White, to complete the hotel, which finally opened on October 1, 1890.
It soon became apparent that the first hotel was far too small, and it was demolished in 1905 by new owners, hotelier Fred Sterry, Harry S. Black and German financier Bernhard Beinecke, who envisioned a much larger, new Plaza Hotel, which was designed as an opulent, 19-story, French Renaissance-inspired château-style building by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh (who then famously placed the largest gold-encrusted china order in history with L. Straus & Sons). The new hotel was constructed in 27 months, at a then-unprecedented cost of $12.5 million, and was opened October 1, 1907. When the hotel opened, a room at the Plaza Hotel was only $2.50 per night, the equivalent of $67.22 today. The hotel proved so popular that a huge 300-room annex was added along 58th Street from 1920-1921.
Since its debut on October 1st, 1907, The Plaza Hotel has remained a New York icon hosting world leaders, dignitaries, captains of industry, Broadway legends and Hollywood royalty. As an established staple for lavish society affairs, and blockbuster films, The Plaza has welcomed guests from around the world for more than 100 years.
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