Famous Literary Hotel Given Landmark Status
Sep. 21, 1987
NEW YORK (AP) _ The Algonquin Hotel, a longtime haunt for many of New York's literary greats, has been designated a city landmark with a unanimous vote of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
''The Algonquin Hotel played a significant role in the literary history of the city,'' said commission chairman Gene A. Norman last week.
The 200-room hotel opened in 1902. Its first owner, Frank Case, catered to writers and editors. The hotel became the location of the famed Round Table club of writers and other intellectual luminaries during the 1920s.
Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker and Harold Ross were among the literary stars who gathered each week at the hotel.
The second owner, Ben Bodne, bought the Algonquin in 1946 and sold it last June to Caesar Park Hotels, a subsidiary of Aoki Corp. of Tokyo.
The landmark designation means that changes to a building's facade must be approved by the landmarks panel.