Architect Antoni Gaudi designed fantastical, colorful, Art Nouveau-style buildings and churches in his native Spain in the late 19th century.
There’s nothing like them here in New York. But if Gaudi had his way, there would be—a hotel, topped by a giant star, he intended to build on Church Street.
Plans were drawn up in 1908. At 1,250 feet, the proposed Hotel Attraction would have been the tallest building in the city.
It never went up, of course, and the sketches were mostly forgotten for decades after Gaudi’s death in 1926.
Now, a group of Spanish artists are reportedly entering Gaudi’s design in the World Trade Center memorial design competition.
The crazy thing is, ground zero is exactly where Gaudi had intended the Hotel Attraction to go up—102 years ago.
At right, Gaudi’s 1908 sketches for the hotel