In the late 1800's, the once residential neighborhood came alive with a variety of commercial institutions from the corner of Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street onward. As tourism among the elite increased, these opulent buildings would become historic NYC hotels.In 1903, the Gregorian Hotel was developed by Henry J. Braker and commissioned by architect Clarence True. Reminiscent of wealthy private homes on the Upper West Side, the hotel was produced with a brick and limestone structure and gently bowed bays.
Noted by The New York Tribune
as "elaborately decorated, especially the restaurant and reception rooms on the ground floor," The Gregorian lured affluent guests with double height public rooms featuring stunning stained glass windows, grand columns and crystal chandeliers. Praised for its elaborate architectural ornamentation and lavishly decorated public rooms, the Gregorian became a popular residence for the famous and well-to-do, as well as attracting society social functions such as the annual dog shows of the American Kennel Club and other organizations.
The glory days of the Gregorian Hotel breached the 1920's and dwindled shortly after in the middle of the 20th century. In 2015, the building was restored and reborn as The Gregory
. The exquisite double height public rooms featuring stunning stained glass windows and an elegant marble fireplace can still be enjoyed during dinner or drinks at the onsite restaurant, Brendan's Bar & Grill. Grandiose columns that once adorned the former Palm Court and elegant crown molding are currently on view in the lobby. An iconic example of classic architecture in New York City, The Gregory continues to draw inspiration from this building's storied past in order to shape a vibrant future.