The wrought-iron flowers on the Chelsea Hotel

The Chelsea Hotel’s aesthetic appeal is pretty obvious: This 1883 structure—originally one of the city’s first apartment houses—has gothic-Victorian turrets, short corinthian columns, and a deep red brick facade.

It’s all the more striking considering how unremarkable the rest of the stretch of 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues is.


But have you ever really noticed the balconies, with their wrought-iron flowers, stems, and leaves all woven together? They’re really lovely, and easy to miss amid the hotel’s other beautiful design touches.

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2 Responses to “The wrought-iron flowers on the Chelsea Hotel”

  1. Charles Says:

    I love 23rd St. Between 5th and the piers you can see some very distinctive architecture…especially between 5th and 8th imo…

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