Normally a site that could have been, but was not, historically preserved would make me so sad and so angry that I wouldn’t want to comment on it beyond venting and screaming and a weepy lament.
Indeed, the loss of the Lamb’s was a tragedy for the New York theater.
But at least what’s replacing isn’t a brainless glass box but a more inspired design.
Courtesy of PR Newswire…
The Chatwal New York Revives Gotham Elegance
Restoration of Historic Stanford White Building Attracts Top New York Names
Opening in Spring 2010, the Chatwal New York recreates the iconic glamour and style of 1930’s Gotham, recognized and idolized the world over. Occupying top billing on its theater district block — also known as the “Great White Way” — the landmark Stanford White-designed building was originally host to the famous Lamb’s club, America’s first professional theater club. Meticulously restored and modernized by master architect and designer Thierry Despont, the circa-1905 building will be the first member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World in Manhattan’s theater district. www.thechatwalny.com
….The restoration of the historic former Lambs Club building into the Chatwal New York has been undertaken by world-renowned master architect and interior designer, Thierry Despont. Showcasing the mid-century Empire Art Deco style prominent during the Lambs Club golden era, the revival mixes classic Deco period work with modernized twists. A prime example of a “Baby Grand” hotel small in scale complete with all the design and amenities of larger properties. The Chatwal offers the glamour of yesterday and today, with interiors from Despont inspired by the famous Malletier (travel trunk makers) of the period, celebrating travel pieces as finely crafted objet d’art. Recurring flourishes of angular nickel trim accenting glimmering jewel-toned glass are evident throughout, as The Chatwal New York toasts glamorous travel in all its forms.
Guestrooms at The Chatwal New York capture the clubby, elegant and comfortably chic atmosphere of this New York landmark. Of the 88 guestrooms, 38 are larger suites, and behind each door, no attention to detail has been spared. In-room finishes include fine suede covered walls and leather-wrapped double closets, the Chatwal’s retro playing cards and a specially crafted Backgammon set. The attention to modern small touches makes a difference complimentary internet access, a laptop-sized safe, a 42-inch HD flat screen IP television with Blueray DVD and multi-language options, a movie library, and in-room stereo system with an iPod dock all provide a comfortably wired experience. A rarity in New York City, private terraces are available on request for those who treasure their outdoor space. The service philosophy mirrors the accommodations, with guests benefiting from personalized, attentive service of the highest standard – from a discerning staff directed by General Manager Joel Freyberg.
The sign of a great hotel is a great night’s sleep. The Chatwal commissioned Shifman Mattress to design a made-by-hand mattress, complemented with an expansive bed linen selection by Frette and pillow menu. Wrapping oneself in one of The Chatwal’s plush Kashwere custom robes after a dip in the Rain Drop shower or Jacuzzi bath (complete with Asprey Amenities, exclusive to The Chatwal New York) is a perfect end to a hectic city day. Bathrooms also feature marble floors, mirrored walls and a 19-inch integrated mirror television. The hotel’s turndown service includes a complimentary shoe shine service, bottled water, and the guest’s preferred newspaper delivered each morning to their door. As this is the city that never sleeps, the fitness center at The Chatwal New York is complimentary to guests 24 hours a day.
Paying homage to the building’s original purpose showcasing talent and creativity, whether on stage, or in the kitchen and behind the bar celebrated Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is behind the 90-seat restaurant at The Chatwal New York. Offering diners an updated take on the classic bar and grill with an inviting, club-like ambiance, the menu will focus on traditional American cuisine and seasonal ingredients. This is a first time collaboration for Manhattan’s established culinary and cocktail masters, Geoffrey Zakarian and Margaret Zakarian along with David Rabin, Will Regan and Jeffrey Jah (of New York’s highly regarded Double Seven and Lotus nightclubs/cocktail lounges).