Pedestrians dressed in fine attire roam the bustling streets outside the Astor House on a fine day in New York City. The impressive stone building stands several stories tall and is decorated with awnings across its dozens of windows. Its front entrance is styled with Greek-revival columns, adding to the grandeur of the hotel. With such a stoic, yet attractive, appearance; the Astor House is sure to attract only the finest of customers.
The Park Hotel, more commonly known as the "Astor House", was constructed by John Jacob Astor, the nation's first-ever multimillionaire in 1836. John was a descendant of the wealthy and prominent Astor family, whose wealth was rooted in the fur-trading industry. His fortune allowed him to purchase a sizeable lot in New York to commission the hotel, whose design was described as "severe and granite-faced ... a doughnut, a plain one, practically unrelieved by decoration or detail". Yet despite its subdued appearance, the hotel quickly grew to be the most famous of its time and served a large number of distinguished guests, even Abraham Lincoln.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.