Private Air New York

Summer 2016

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Page 76 of 85 Private Air New York | Summer 2016 77 WEEKEND T his summer, the impossibly chic Chatwal Hotel on West 44th Street might prove to be the closest mere mortals will ever come to being beamed into another dimension. Despite the summer heat and frenetic cacophony of the theater district just outside its doors, the Chatwal welcomes guests with a cool whisper that speaks of elegance and old world civility. It's an ambience that belies the hotels covetable location just steps away – but worlds apart – from the perpetual energy emanating from Times Square. When it made is debut in 1905, the building that was to one day become the Chatwal was met with applause not only for its dashing good looks but for its role as the first permanent home of the Lambs; a prestigious group of actors and theater enthusiasts. Maintaining a roster that could only be described as a veritable Who's Who among New York's illustrious theater set, the Lambs counted legends including Maurice, Lionel and John Barrymore and the inimitable Douglas Fairbanks among its members. Indeed, so exclusive was the club that Fred Astaire once quipped, "When I was made a Lamb, I felt I had been knighted". Dripping in drama and style, the building proved to be the perfect stage for its famous Lambs. Designed by iconic architect Stanford, the building was a temple of indulgence paying homage to an aesthetic that celebrated the American Renaissance. Having already designed homes for the Astors and Vanderbilts and with his name

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