A majority of my work takes place in Brooklyn, New York, a borough rich with history and heritage. Working in the construction and property management industry has helped me develop an eye for interesting buildings and spaces that have an air of importance and timelessness about them. My construction firm is dedicated to preserving those places and ultimately, Brooklyn’s historic past.

Hotel buildings are some of the most historic and beautiful buildings in Brooklyn. Many have been since been converted from their original use Here are some of the most interesting ones:

 

Hotel St. George

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Hotel St. George is located in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District.  The St. George as a whole is actually a conglomerate of buildings that were constructed between the late 19th century and early 20th century. The complex of buildings was one the largest hotel in the country; it had more than two thousand guest rooms available and spanned a full city block.

In its heyday, it was the place to be seen and celebrities, politicians, and any other VIP you can think of frequented the hotel. Surprisingly, it was also a space where some political prisoners stayed in the 1970s. Hotel St. George was so prominent that it even had its own subway entrance, which is the still functioning Clark St stop on the 2 and the 3.

The Hotel St. George no longer functions as a hotel. These days, it’s thousands of rooms have been converted into dormitories and student housing for the city of New York’s most prominent  colleges. So, the best and brightest are still walking Hotel St. George’s halls.

 

The Leverich Towers Hotel

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The brainchild of famed real estate developer A. Lyle Leverich, the 16-story-tall Leverich Towers Hotel was built in 1926. The architects of this towering masterpiece were the same geniuses behind several flagship department stores, including Bloomingdales, Saks, and Lord & Taylor in Manhattan and the Macy’s building in Downtown Brooklyn.

The gargantuan property only operated as a hotel for about 50 years, before it was purchased by the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1975 for 2 million dollars. The Jehovah’s Witnesses converted the hotel into a residential space to house their staff.

The Leverich Towers made headlines earlier this year when they were put for sale by the Jehovah’s Witnesses as part of a group of highly valuable properties the organization is selling in preparation for their move to upstate New York.