Hotel Seville – now known as The Carlton – was built in two sections. The first section was the 12-story limestone and brick building on the corner of Madison Avenue and E 29th Street; the second section was the 11-story western wing that extends from E 29th Street through to E 28th Street. The hotel’s main entrance was originally on E 29th Street, what is now the restaurant entrance; the new entry and lobby at 88 Madison Avenue is a modern addition. Gone is the rooftop sign.
Hotel Seville is just outside the Madison Square North Historic District (2001). The building did make it to the National Register of Historic Places, however, in 2005.
Harpo Marx reputedly worked as a bellhop at the Hotel Seville, and his experiences are said to have been incorporated in Marx Brothers skits.
Hotel Seville Vital Statistics
- Location: 88 Madison Avenue at E 29th Street
- Year completed: 1904
- Architect: Harry Allen Jacobs
- Floors: 12
- Style: Beaux Arts
- National Register of Historic Places: 2005
Hotel Seville Recommended Reading
- Wikipedia entry
- Wikipedia entry (NoMad)
- 14 to 42.net blog
- The Carlton Hotel website