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Barbizon Hotel

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Historic Womens Residential Hotel

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Upper East Side
Residential, Housing

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The Barbizon Hotel was a residence hotel for women that opened in 1927, and remained strictly for women until 1981. The Barbizon is an important example of the women’s residence hotel, a housing typology that enabled single women to live independently and pursue careers. Such accommodations enabled single women to find housing at an affordable rate in an expensive city, at a time when pursuing a career was new for women. The Barbizon was converted into condominiums in 2005, however a few residents continue to reside in the hotel under their old leases.

The Barbizon offered single, working women a place to live that was considered proper and respectable. The building provided a wide array of facilities for the women’s use - lounges, large and small reception rooms, Irish Art Gallery, Irish Theatre, Rehearsal Rooms, library, music practice rooms, painting/sculpture studio, dining room, coffee shop, solarium, swimming pool, gym, massage...

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[1] Barbizon Hotel for Women, Landmarks Preservation Commission, April 17, 2012

[2]“A New Chapter for the Barbizon”, New York Times, March 19, 2006

[3] The Barbizon: New York’s Smartest Residence for Young Women

[4] “Sorority on E. 63rd St.”, Michael Callahan. Vanity Fair. April 2010


Frances Felske

Nominated through Dr. Marta Gutmans Gender and Architecture class, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York 2013

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