It’s hosted everyone from politicians to royalty, and now the storied Astor Suite in New York’s Plaza Hotel is looking for a new owner.
Interior architect SR Gambrel designed the Manhattan apartment – on sale for a cool $39.5m via Douglas Elliman – enlisting the specialist artisans who rebuilt Windsor Castle after a fire devastated it in 1992. During the 20th century, President John F Kennedy and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor all stayed within its oak-panelled rooms.
Today the three-bedroom home mixes ‘old New York’ with new: rooms have hand-drawn, 14ft-tall plaster ceilings, wood panelling, hand-hammered leather walls and ornate period marble fireplaces. Its gallery-like walls are hung with contemporary art pieces, with a specialist humidity-controlling system protecting them, along with well as smart home technology.
The French Renaissance-style Plaza Hotel was designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh and opened to the public in 1907. The Astor Suite sits on its fifth floor, overlooking both Central Park and Fifth Avenue.
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