The Barbizon Hotel, The Upper East Side’s Newest Landmark

Yesterday The Barbizon Hotel For Women on East 63rd Street was granted landmark status by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The 23-story building was contructed in 1928 as a residence for single women come to New York in search of fame and fortune. Former residents include Grace Kelly, Ali MacGraw, Gene Tierney, Joan Didion, Nancy Reagan, Sylvia Plath, and Titanic survivor Margaret Tobin Brown, inspiration for the Broadway musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

The accomodations were modest but tasteful:

The amenities made up for the small rooms:

Men were allowed to be residents starting in 1981, and in 2006 the building was converted into condominiums. For more, check out DNA Info’s story.