An abandoned 130-year-old skyscraper is now Manhattan's newest luxury hotel
Clinton NguyenAug 29, 2016, 20:13 IST
The Beekman Hotel opened last week in Manhattan's Financial District after more than two years of renovation. And it looks gorgeous.
The nine-floor building, originally constructed in 1883, was one of the first skyscrapers built in Manhattan and features an open atrium in the center, with a pyramidal skylight at the top. It's connected to a ten-story annex that was built in 1890.
According to the New York Times, the building housed law offices in the Victorian era, and was called Temple Court. Many renovation plans for the property were considered before this current one, but a developer was finally confirmed in 2014.
Now, the space is an elegant hotel fitted with a bar, restaurant, and updated rooms that complement the hotel's classic-looking lobby and atrium.
Before the renovation, the top floors of the building were empty, decaying and decrepit.
The building became a landmark in 1998, but sat empty from 2001 until construction on the hotel project began, according to New York Magazine.
The atrium now has a spacious seating area. It gives every floor a great view of the property.
Above, there's a bright, open skylight. Originally, the building had birdcage-style elevators, but they have been removed for safety reasons.
The reception area still has the building's refined, retro style, while most of the rooms look modern. Prices range from about $400 to $3,500.
The dark hardwood desks and Turkish rugs offset the bright, mosaic-tiled floors.
The ornate, metal grating on the handrails makes every floor feel almost like a turn-of-the-century movie set.
The Beekman project also includes a glass condo development next door, which holds additional hotel rooms on the lower floors and 68 residences above. Here, 50 stories up, is the penthouse view from the Beekman Residences. It's less vintage, but equally stunning.