< UNITED STATES | NEW YORK CITY: The Sherry-Netherland
“We're at The Sherry” has been an expression of privilege since the hotel opened in 1927. Advertised as "more than a place to live….a way of living," The Sherry-Netherland offered the affluent individual a pied-a-terre at one of Manhattan's best addresses without the upkeep and staffing expense of a full-time New York residence. Sherry residents enjoyed cuisine from the Sherry kitchen and service from Sherry butlers, housekeepers and concierges.
The Sherry-Netherland was developed by Louis Sherry and Lucius Boomer. Louis Sherry, an ice cream magnate, caterer and confectioner, had many ties to New York. He served the city's elite society
from 1881 to 1919 and his confections, beautifully packaged in lavender boxes and tins, were a standard steamship gift of the day. (His name lives on as Louis Sherry Brands of Chicago, which sells,
ironically, sugar-free packaged foods.)
Louis Sherry purchased the famed New Netherlands Hotel, and then demolished it to build his masterpiece skyscraper. Realizing that placing his name on the building would not signify the luxury and importance of his new hotel, he came up with the name “Sherry-Netherland”. In its early days, because the New Netherlands name was still fresh in people’s minds, the hotel was often misnamed “The Sherry-Netherlands”.
The New York City firm of Schultze & Weaver designed The Sherry-Netherland in a neo-Romanesque and Renaissance style. Renowned architect Leonard Schultze, with his partner, S. Fullerton Weaver, designed many of the Jazz Age's grandest hotels: The Pierre (New York City), The Breakers (Palm Beach), the WaldorfAstoria (New York City) and The Biltmore hotels in Atlanta, Coral Gables and Los Angeles. The 38-story building was the world's tallest apartment building and one of the first in New York City with a steel frame. It was completed in 1927. It features travertine marble facing on the base and an elaborate Gothic-inspired minaret. Unique touches include the whimsical griffins with hanging lanterns that guard the exterior.
More intimately sized and hushed than the typical hotel lobby, The Sherry's lobby was modeled after the Vatican Library. There are classical friezes rescued from the Cornelius Vanderbilt mansion one block south where Bergdorf Goodman now stands, vaulted ceilings, ornate mirrors, crystal chandeliers, hand-loomed French carpets (which are removed in the summer to allow the beautiful marble floors to show). Antique furnishings add to the elegant yet welcoming setting. Corridors feature vaulted ceilings, as well as faux columns hand detailed in gold leaf.
Each guestroom or suite at The Sherry-Netherland is individually furnished and decorated, reflecting the personal taste of its owner. Rooms range from a 340square-foot courtyard Room to a 1,350-square-foot two-bedroom suite overlooking Central Park. All accommodations feature high ceilings and marble bathrooms. Many also have decorative fireplaces, and some contain the original pedestal sinks with silver plated faucets from the 1920.
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