Posted by Randall on March 27, 2004 at 23:18:37:
In Reply to: Re: Grand Central (Broadway Central) hotel (NYC) posted by Carolyn Weavers on March 21, 2004 at 13:25:33:
Yes, his name was Higgins, I saw nothing about "Welch". I believe the Southern Hotel which was next door and a seperate building at least initially, was older than the Grand Central Hotel and is possible it was run by entirely different management/ownership and later incorporated into one complex.
The two buildings WERE connected by a doorway at one point.
In the latter years, maybe the early 1960's the Southern Hotel (679 Broadway) was basically converted into open space artists lofts-one per floor and was a walk-up (no elevator)
It is also possible this was part of the old Lafarge house which burned down in a huge fire. A very old engraving shows that building's lower 5 floors looked identical to the lower 5 floors of the 2 hotels. I surmised what was done was the lower 5 floors of the facade were reused and 3 additional stories added to it
The fire as well as adding 3 stories to that wall may in fact have been one of the problems that contributed to the collapse 100 years later.
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