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03 February 2


Gilsey House clock
Gilsey House clock, Broadway 

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Diamond Jim Brady may have set his watch by this clock when he arrived for a stay at the Gilsey House Hotel (Context Fig.).

Fig. 2 shows some column capitals of the cast iron facade; Fig. 3 shows other columns missing their capitals, not uncommon with these old (the Gilsey House was built in 1869) cast iron buildings.

The former hotel was recently repainted in its original "gleaming white". According to Barbaralee Diamonstein in The Landmarks of New York II, "it is now used for retail stores, with cooperative apartments on the upper floors ... The hotel attracted coal magnates, railroad operators, congressmen, and army and navy officers ... [and later] a center for theater luminaries and such notables as the opera impresario Oscar Hammerstein (grandfather of the lyricist).

Detail Restore original Column detail Column without capitals In context