Proposal for Astor House (Park Hotel), New York (perspective)

Architect: Designed by Ithiel Town (American, Thompson, Connecticut 1784–1844 New Haven, Connecticut)

Artist: Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey)

Date: ca. 1830–1834

Medium: Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper

Dimensions: 20 5/16 x 31 1/2in. (51.6 x 80cm)

Classifications: Drawings, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 24.66.30


This drawing shows a design produced by A.J. Davis and Ithiel Town (as Town & Davis, 1829-1835) for the Astor House, the first luxury hotel in New York City envisioned by John Jacob Astor. Athough Town & Davis' imaginative study was very modern and quite spectacular, the actual commission went to Isaiah Rogers in 1834 and the hotel opened in 1836 as the Park Hotel. The south side of the building was demolished in 1913 to make way for the subway constructions, and the rest of the building was torn down in 1926.