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Original Pierre Hotel Ashtray

Original Pierre Hotel Ashtray

$169.00

Opened in October of 1930, the 714-room Pierre Hotel rises forty-one stories on the site of the Gerry mansion at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 61st Street, allowing unrestricted views of Central Park. The hotel was designed by the New York firm of Schultze and Weaver as a skyscraper that rises in a blond-brick shaft from a limestone-fronted Louis XVI base. Its topmost floors render it an easily-recognizable landmark on the New York skyline; they are modeled after Mansart's Royal Chapel at Versailles, a system of Corinthian pilasters and arch-headed windows, with octagonal ends, under a tall, slanted, copper roof that is pierced with bronze-finished bull's-eye dormers.

New York society turned out to attend the gala dinner that marked the opening of The Pierre; it was prepared by Auguste Escoffier, "the father of French chefs," who served as a guest chef at The Pierre in its early years.

The Pierre has frequently appeared as a setting in films and in television series. The tango scene in the film "Scent of a Woman" was shot in the Pierre's Cotillion Ballroom. In an early episode of "Mad Men," while apartment shopping, Pete Campbell's wife Trudy remarks that the sink of the master bathroom is the same as in The Pierre.

Offered is a rare memento of a visit to the Pierre, a genuine guestroom ashtray.

Original Pierre Hotel Ashtray
Item #NYC2687

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