Hotel Belleclaire was one of the first residences designed by Emery Roth, who went on to become one of New York’s most important apartment house architects.
Although Roth’s later work was primarily in Beaux Arts and Art Deco styles, Belleclaire was designed in Art Nouveau. The original design included a domed turret on the corner, which was removed in the ’50s. The ground floor restaurant and hotel office windows have been replaced with storefronts, and the original Broadway entrance was moved to the W 77th Street courtyard.
Belleclaire began life as an upper class apartment hotel – families lived there more or less permanently, relying on hotel services for housekeeping and meals. Over the years the hotel’s clientele – and facilities – changed. Transients were accepted; kitchenettes were added; for a time it was among New York’s “welfare hotels” for indigent families.
Fast forward to 2008: owners embarked on a total renovation and upgrade, now (May 2014) nearly complete. Later this year they plan to open a rooftop restaurant.
Hotel Belleclaire Vital Statistics
- Location: 2171 Broadway at W 77th Street
- Year completed: 1903
- Architect: Emery Roth
- Floors: 10
- Style: Art Nouveau
- New York City Landmark: 1987
Hotel Belleclaire Recommended Reading
- Wikipedia entry (Emery Roth)
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report
- The New York Times Streetscapes: The Belleclaire; A 1903 Home for the Homeless (December 27, 1992)
- Daytonian in Manhattan blog
- HotelExecutive.com: New York’s West Side Hotel Belleclaire Nears Completion of Multi-phase Renovation (March 7, 2013)