Category Archives: New York

Hotel Chelsea-New York, New York

This is my first post in the category of “Not Southern, also known as the “Mostly” part of my blog’s tagline. I shot these photos in 2010, a few months before the Chelsea Hotel was sold and went through a multi-year renovation process.

The fireplace is in the room where Madonna filmed her video, “Justify My Love.”

The Chelsea Hotel is located in Manhattan in the Chelsea neighborhood. Built on 23rd Street between 1883-1885, it has been the long-term home for many artists, musicians, and writers over the years. The architecture firm of Hubert, Pirrson & Company designed the twelve-story Queen Anne hotel to be one of the city’s first apartment cooperatives.

The hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. There are many stories that I could share here, but many writers and musicians have told the story of the Chelsea Hotel better than I could. I thought people would want to see photos that I was able to take in 2010.

René Shapshak sculpted this bust of Harry Truman and gave it to the hotel.
A view from the stairwell looking down

Please let me know if you can help me identify the other artists in this image. These artwork pieces were all in the main lobby of the hotel.
One of the beds in the hotel.
The decorated doorway for one of the permanent residents in the hotel.
The stairwell walls were covered with messages from residents and hotel guests.
One of the light fixtures in the lobby of the hotel