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Summit Hotel Ashtray (Circa 1961)

Summit Hotel Ashtray (Circa 1961)

$125.00

Morris Lapidus gained international fame for his Fontainebleu Hotel in Miami Beach, and he was later praised for designing some of South Florida's gaudiest, glitziest and most glamorous hotels in the 1950s and 60s. His style was an adaptation of "form follows function," where the functions were glamour and fun. Castigated by the official architectural establishment, except for Philip Johnson, he persisted.

When he designed the Summit Hotel (now the Metropolitan) on Lexington Avenue in New York in 1961, the joke was that it was too far from the beach. Lapidus deserves credit for laying the foundation for the avenue's eclectic mix of buildings and for trying to forge a new high-rise, here a mid-rise, aesthetic in midtown. A jolly, modest building, then, and a welcome surprise in the city's grid.

Once icons of hospitality and glamour, ashtrays are part of Americana that now belongs to the past. Offering an authentic ashtray from the Summit Hotel, now out of use along with cigarettes, but desirable for its connection to the architectural history of New York City in the twentieth century.

Summit Hotel Ashtray (Circa 1961)
Item #02338

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