- Kemp, George, 1831-1898 and William Field and Son
- 0.1 linear foot
- English .
- Scope and Content:
This small collection consists of 11 drawings, work receipts, bills, specifications, printed material, and a some correspondence and legal papers related to the erection of The Buckingham Hotel.
- Biographical / Historical:
The Buckingham Hotel opened in January 1876 on the southeast corner of 55th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. At the time of opening, the hotel's location was noted as "one which in a short time will be the very centre of business and most desirable for merchants going and coming and especially a pleasant home for families." The Buckingham Hotel was one of many new hotels being built on or near Fifth Avenue at the time. Owner, George Kemp, a wealthy wholesale druggist and owner of many valuable New York buildings commissioned the Architect William Field and Son to design the select family hotel. The hotel stood for almost half a century before business eventually crept up Fifth Avenue. In 1920, Saks & Co. leased the property from the George Kemp Realty Company. In 1922, Saks & Co. demolished The Buckingham Hotel and the adjoining Democratic Club and the Belgravia Apartments to make way for their new store, which opened in September 1924.
- Acquisition information:
- Source of acquisition--Dan Petonito. Method of acquisition--Donated;; Date of acquisition--2014. Accession number--2014.012.
- Rules or conventions:
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Architecture -- New York (State) -- New York
Architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans
Architecture, Victorian -- New York (State) -- New York
Hotels -- New York (State) -- New York
- Buckingham Hotel (New York, N.Y.)
Saks & Company (New York, N.Y.) -- : History
- Midtown Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
300 Avery Hall1172 Amsterdam Avenue M.C. 0301New York, NY 10027, United States