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New York Mid-Century Modern Motels & Hotels

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former Relax Inn
Phelps, NY
This Relax Inn building is a huge, curved structure featuring nice mid-century details and a dynamic porte-cochere. I don't know if Relax Inn was the original tenant. These photos are from 2005. By 2013, the building was housing a Red Carpet Inn. [map]

former Sheraton Motor Inn
New York, NY
Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel
New York, NY
The Sheraton Motor Inn was designed by Morris Lapidus in 1960. The hotel closed in the 1970s and the building has been greatly remodeled. Since the late 1970s, the building has housed the Chinese Consulate. For more, see this website. [map]

The Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel was designed by Morris Lapidus in 1961. It was originally known as the Summit Hotel and later became a Loews. When it first opened, it was called "the most hated hotel in New York" for its lavish use of color. In 2004, when these photos were taken, the hotel was being renovated as part of the Doubletree chain. The sign was altered later for the name change. Originally, the sign's first bubble read "The" and the other six bubbles spelled out Summit. The glazed brick fašade is still the original sea-foam color. In 2005, the building was designated a New York City landmark. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

National Maritime Union of America Building
(now Maritime Hotel)
New York, NY
2003: 2009:
The National Maritime Union was built in 1966, designed by Albert Lender. It was originally the Joseph Curran Annex, a dorm and recreational facility for union members. The exterior has five foot wide portholes and the interior has interior nautical frieze. After a $33 million renovation, the building reopened in 2003 as the Maritime Hotel. The rooms, at $250 per night, are designed to resemble elegant ship cabins. [map]

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