Americana Hotel Ashtray (1962)$95.00
New York City's great architectural event of 1962 was the dedication of the new 50-story yellow brick and glass Americana Hotel, at the time the world's tallest concrete structure building and the first large modern style hotel in the core of Midtown. The Americana was designed by prolific architect Morris Lapidus, a project characterized by the architectural establishment as "gaudy kitsch."
At 501 feet, it is one of the world's top 100 tallest hotels, and one of the tallest hotels in New York City. It has 51 floors. In its original form the hotel incorporated five restaurants and no less than ten ballrooms. The facade consists of horizontal striping of steel-framed windows and yellow glazed brick facing. Lapidus used the bending slab style earlier in NYC in his 1961 Summit Hotel, on Lexington Avenue. The Americana was later re-named Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.
Rescued from the original Americana is a remnant of "gaudy kitsch," a rare ashtray that bears the hotel's "a" logo.
Americana Hotel Ashtray (1962)
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