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For over 100 years, The Martinique has elegantly reflected the rich history of its vibrant and dynamic location. The Martinique’s vast lobby also featured an awe-inspiring mosaic-tile floor and an 18-story spiral staircase, both of which are still very much intact today. In 1916, department store magnate, Rodman Wanamaker, sponsored a luncheon at the Martinique, bringing together 35 prominent golf professionals and leaders of the game, which laid the groundwork to form the PGA. The formal birth of The Professional Golfers Association of America came nearly three months later on April 10, 1916 at the Martinique. Board members of the PGA continue to hold meetings at the Martinique to this day.
|At the turn of the last century, all the world came to Broadway to shop, dine, flirt, find amusement, and meet acquaintances,” wrote Henry Collins Brown, curator of the Museum of the City of New York. In 1897, the Hotel Martinique on Broadway opened amidst the boom of hotel and theater life. Broadway was said to have a champagne sparkle with an artistic glow, and the trend setting culture found on this famous boulevard flourished. Around the same period, Pennsylvania Station, Macy’s, and the extended PATH train made their celebrated debut. It was the perfect time for William R.H. Martin, owner and namesake of the Hotel Martinique, to submit plans to dramatically increase the size of the Hotel Martinique. Martin hired the Hotel Martinique’s original architect, Henry Hardenberg for the redesign and expansion. Hardenberg, a slender man, who favored a starched high collar and pearl stickpin, was known as one of the greatest architects of his time for building Castles in the Air. His artistry was built on structural strength that has endured for generations.
According to Christopher Gray, architectural historian “Hardenbergh designed buildings for long-term use, not short term profit”. To his credit Hardenberg also designed the Dakota Apartments, the original Waldorf Astoria at Fifth Avenue, the Plaza Hotel and the famed Willard Hotel in Washington DC. A parade of celebrities, the actress Lillian Russell, Diamond Jim Brady, John Wanamaker, Mark Twain, and Oscar Hammerstein, were constant visitors at his architectural gems. With the expansion completed, the Hotel Martinique re-opened on December 21, 1910 to a fanfare of elegantly dressed guests who arrived in horse drawn carriages. They were immediately impressed when they entered the vast lobby, which featured an inspiring mosaic tile floor and an 18-story spiral staircase, both of which are intact today.
Significant to the legendary history of the Martinique is the formation of the Professional Golfers Association of America. On April 10, 1916 department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker met with other prominent golfers at the Hotel Martinique, to sign the constitution forming the PGA of America. On August, 31st, 2011, the PGA Gallery at the Radisson Martinique officially opened in grand style with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by the hotel's General Manager and members of the PGA. To celebrate the event, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed August 31st PGA Day in New York City. The Radisson Martinique was presented with a Proclamation that will be displayed in the new PGA Gallery at the Martinique.
Just steps from the Martinique, construction of the Empire State Building began on March 17, 1930. Just over a year later, President Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C. officially opening and turning on the Empire State Building’s lights for the first time. At that same moment, guests celebrated at the Martinique, by lifting Their glasses and toasting their new neighbor, the Empire State Building. On the register of Historic Hotels of America, the Martinique still stands amidst the excitement of Midtown Manhattan, near the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, Macy’s Flagship Store at Herald Square, Chelsea Art Galleries, and SoHo Bistros and Restaurants. Just as it was during the Gilded Age, the Hotel remains a symbol of Grand Hospitality, in the same stunning Beaux Art Building of 1896.
Our main goal is to make your stay in Midtown Manhattan as comfortable and convenient as possible. Relax in one of our 531 spacious rooms and suites, and enjoy thoughtful amenities like room service and more. Our central location makes it easy to walk to iconic New York City favorites like Times Square, Madison Square Garden and Broadway shows.
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