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Hotel St. James

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The Hotel St. James is located at 109 W. 45th Street between 7th and 6th Avenues in the Midtown Manhattan, New York City. This boutique hotel, designed by American architects Harry Mulliken and Edgar Moeller, boasted their trademark "vigorous contrast of flat brick and extensive, highly sculptured cream-colored terra cotta, often organized around a large central bay."[1] The hotel opened in June 14, 1901 and has operated continuously under a variant of the same name: The St. James, Saint James Hotel, and the Hotel St. James.[2] It is one of the oldest hotels in continuous operation in New York, opening less than a year after The Iroquois and a year before the Algonquin Hotel.[2]

In 1918, then-owner Edward Litchfield leased the hotel to William Quinn who would live in and run the hotel until his death in 1944.[3] In 1924, Quinn commissioned postcards to the hotel, which erased the buildings around it.

Prominent residents[edit]

In addition to housing travelers, the hotel also served as residence for various prominent social figures over the years.

Long-time Hotel St. James resident and New York Times editor, Jacob H. Thompson, lived in the hotel since its opening. He also died in the hotel on September 7, 1905 when we was murdered in his 5th floor apartment by the bellboy, Richard Hannibal.[4]

Morris Wilkins, a New York real estate auctioneer lived in the hotel in 1911 with his wife, who served as the treasurer for the St. Luke's Home for Aged Women.[2]

American pathologist and physician Dr. Elise Depew Strang L'Esperance lived at the hotel 1914, the same year she was named as Woman's Who's Who of America.[2]

Filming location[edit]

The hotel has appeared in various films, including:


  1. Gray, Christopher (2003-09-14). "Streetscapes/Mulliken & Moeller, Architects; Upper West Side Designs in Brick and Terra Cotta". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-07-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "περιπλάνηση: The Curious Case of the Hotel St. James". περιπλάνηση. Retrieved 2023-07-22.
  3. "περιπλάνηση: The Curious Case of the Hotel St. James". περιπλάνηση. Retrieved 2023-07-22.
  4. "περιπλάνηση: The 1905 Murder of J.H. Thompson, New York Times Editor, at the Hotel St. James". περιπλάνηση. Retrieved 2023-07-22.
  5. Cruising (1980) - Filming & production - IMDb, retrieved 2023-07-22
  6. Maniac (1980) - Filming & production - IMDb, retrieved 2023-07-22
  7. "Filming Locations for Big (1988), with Tom Hanks, around New York and New Jersey". The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations. Retrieved 2023-07-22.
  8. Lindsay (2009-11-05). "The Hotel St. James". IAMNOTASTALKER. Retrieved 2023-07-22.

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