Collection ID: 12007814

Collection context


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



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

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