A History Glimpse at New York Architecture : Shimmie Horn’s Chandler Hotel

For those looking for some peace in the New York City, Shimmie Horn’s Hotel Chandler provides a tranquil, luxurious haven. This boutique hotel boasts a genteel ambience encompassed within its classic 20th century architecture. Through its elegant modernity, it still maintains its timeless character.

The hotel was built back in 1905 by architects Buchman & Fox. At the time, it was called Hotel Le Marquis. Buchman & Fox also built the Sherry-Netherland Hotel and restored the World’s Tower Building in 1913 on 110 West 40th Street. The latter could have ended up being a lot more work for the architects, had Edward W. Browning’s aerial bombing plans gone ahead. The company ultimately designed the building in a style typical to the era – Gothic-style skin in glazed terra cotta, which provided a fabulous combination of lightweight material covered with a shoot-resistant glaze.

When Ely Jacques Kahn – known as “master of the 1920s loft building” – came on board, the firm changed its name to Buchman & Kahn. It was then the company’s style became very distinguishable. Kahn wanted to develop “a new style of architecture – a New York style.” He dismissed the “cluttered detail of the past,” and, instead, sought to “forms allied to the rigid and powerful block of the building itself; shapes that are more a series of planes that become attractive through the play of light and shadow.” He employed an abstract, geometric style. All of these notions were somehow interwoven into his designs, and today, can be identified in Shimmie Horn’s Hotel Chandler as well.

Today, Hotel Chandler’s limestone façade has been restored to its original splendor, encompassing architectural details of the Beaux Arts period. This is the neoclassical architectural style philosophy followed in Paris, at the École des Beaux-Arts. Historically, it was taught at the Académie Royale and thereafter, the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Beaux-Arts architecture was popular until 1968, with a heavy influence in America between 1880-1920. And today, all of this history can be seen in the elegant and stylish Hotel Chandler.