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Fifth Avenue Hotel Ashtray

Fifth Avenue Hotel Ashtray

$129.00

The Fifth Avenue Hotel, built in 1856 by Amos Richards Eno at the cost of $2 million, was designed by Griffith Thomas and William Washburn. At the time of its construction, the hotel stood so far uptown from the centers of city life it was dubbed "Eno's Folly," and when New York bankers refused to capitalize the project, Eno turned to Boston for funding.

The hotel became host to numerous notable guests, both foreign and domestic, and was, for a time, the most exclusive hotel in the city, and the center of social life for elite New Yorkers. President Ulysses S. Grant's campaign began at a dinner party in the hotel, and he and his cabinet once held an official session there. The celebrity lawyer Chester A. Arthur who later became President of the United States kept a suite for his office. It was a gathering place for fat cats like Boss Tweed, Jay Gould, Jim Fisk and Commodore Vanderbilt, who would trade stocks here after hours.

The old hotel's resounding name was taken up by a Fifth Avenue Hotel at 24 Fifth Avenue, designed by Emery Roth, incorporating Beaux-Arts and Art Deco details.

Offered is a rare memento of a visit to the Fifth Avenue Hotel, a genuine guestroom ashtray.

Fifth Avenue Hotel Ashtray
Item #02349

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