Historic Hotels in New York City

Hotel Pierre


The Pierre is a luxury hotel located at 2 East 61st Street, on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan. It opened its doors on October 1, 1930 as Hotel Pierre, with 714 rooms, mixing permanent and transient guests.

The 41-story building, with a three-story copper-clad mansard roof, was designed in Georgian-style by architects Schultze & Weaver and erected on the site of the old Elbridge T. Gerry Mansion, facing Central Park and adjoining the Metropolitan Club. It was named after Charles Pierre Casalasco, a former restaurant owner, who built the hotel based on a joint venture with a group of Wall Street.

Elbridge T. Gerry died in 1927. His son, Robert Livingstone Gerry was one of the sponsors of the hotel. The site, covering a large plot, was leased in February, 1929, for a period of sixty-one years by the Pierre Estates and the construction of the hotel began soon after.

By September 1931, the hotel ran into financial difficulties. Charles Pierre died in 1934. In 1938, the hotel was sold to J. Paul Getty (1892-1976). By October 1939, Harold Rowland, president of the Getty Realty Corporation, owner of the Hotel Pierre, took over as manager of the hotel, replacing Edward H. Crandall. In 1959, the Pierre became a cooperative by the Pierre Management Corporation. In December 1962, John L. Slack was appointed the general manager of the Hotel Pierre. In 1967, the Pierre Service Corporation took over the hotel. In 1981, it came under the management of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. In 2005, it was acquired by the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces.


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Hotel Pierre, illustration by Chester B. Price, 1928, before the construction that began in 1929.


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A lofty skyline seen from Central Park. Photo taken on May 21, 1933, by Percy Loomis Sperr (1890-1964). The hotels in the background are, from left to right: Hotel Pierre, Sherry-Netherland, Savoy-Plaza and the Plaza. Source: New York Public Library.


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The Rotunda at the Pierre in its original design, about 1930. It was renovated after a robbery in 1972 (right).


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The Pierre seen from Central Park in autumn in a recent photo (Credit: Molly Flores/NYC & Company).


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