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Today's Featured Building: Barbizon 63


Barbizon 63 began its existence as the Barbizon Hotel for Women when it opened in 1927. Strict rules of dress and conduct were enforced for the professional self-supporting women who lived there. As a residential hotel for women, no men were allowed above the lobby level. It became a more of a standard hotel in 1981 when it started admitting men.

In 2002, the name was changed to The Melrose Hotel following a $40 million renovation. In 2005, the hotel closed and the building was gutted for its conversion to condominiums and became Barbizon 63 (sometimes written as Barbizon/63).[1]

The conversion to condominiums was carried out meticulously, taking care that the iconic limestone and brick façade was protected and restored to its original grandeur. Modern cutting edge conveniences, state of the art kitchens and marble accented bathrooms have been installed and are a testament to modern interior design. Crown moldings around the French casement windows are vintage pre-war, but energy-efficient windows within the frames modern.

In its day as a residential hotel for women, it consisted of nearly 700 rooms. After the conversion to upscale luxury condominiums, only 70 apartments now exist. Only a handful of women remain in rent-stabilized apartments in the building.

On April 18, 2012, the Barbizon became an official New York City landmark — number 127, according to New York City records of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.


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