The Hotel Wolcott was built in 1904, designed by John H. Duncan (1854-1929).
It is described in Norval White & Elliott Willensky, AIA Guide to New York City, 4th edition, 2000, as having "a lavish French Empire bay-windowed fašade."
John H. Duncan is known primarily as the designer of Grant's Tomb, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, and the Knox Hat Building at 5th Ave. & 40th St.
A nicely detailed account of the Wolcott history (written by Christopher Gray) can be found at the hotel's website, www.wolcott.com.
The Hotel Wolcott was listed in Rider's New York City: A Guide-Book for Travelers, compiled and edited by Fremont Rider, 1916, as, "Wolcott, 31st st. betw. 5th ave. and Broadway (260 R. [rooms] 120 B. [baths]) Specializes in personal service and attentions." The rates were $2 single room, $2.50 single room with bath, $5 double with bath, $6 suite.
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