NYC is full of history and in a city as old as this, it’s no surprise you might find a couple of hundred-year-old buildings. New York City keeps growing and evolving every single day, but we’re taking a moment to pay homage to our top 6 historical buildings in NYC.  Respect the old to appreciate the new, right?

St. Paul’s Chapel

On 1764 this church was built looking at a promising future for the nation, President George Washington himself came here to pray the day of his inauguration!  As the oldest surviving building in Manhattan, “The Little Chapel That Stood” tops our list of must-see historical landmarks.

 

Where: St. Paul’s Chapel, 117th Street, Manhattan (23 min drive from The Lombardy)

 

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Morris-Jumel Mansion

Known as the oldest house in Manhattan, the Morris-Jumel Mansion is a National Historic Landmark and a museum. President George Washington was part of this property’s history as well, he occupied the estate until the Americans were forced to leave the city. Still revered as one of the finest homes in Manhattan, this mid-Seventeenth century home is a sightseeing must! Tours are available and exhibitions are hosted on occasion.

 

Where: Morris-Jumel Mansion; 65 Jumel Terrace, Manhattan (17 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

 

Angel Orensanz Center

Known as the oldest surviving synagogue, this colorful and beautiful building is breathtaking.  Services are still held into this Gothic Revival synagogue, and this center has been repurposed as an event space / artistic venue, displaying stunning exhibitions. A perfect blend of old meets new.

 

Where: Angel Orensanz Center; 172 Norfolk Street, Manhattan (18 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

 

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Van Cortlandt House Museum  

 

Built around 1748, this house played a very important part of US history. After the British took over Manhattan during the Revolutionary War, the Van Cortlandt House hid important city documents. The oldest building in the borough of The Bronx, the house is open for self-guided property and garden tours.

 

Where: Van Cortlandt House Museum; 6036 Broadway, Manhattan (40 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

 

Flatiron Building

A landmark in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, the Flatiron Building is one of New York’s prominent photography backdrops. Constructed as a 22 story steel framed building, the Flatiron is recognized for its unique triangular shape. Considered an iconic symbol for New York, the building and district are both worthy of exploration (and picture taking!).   

 

Where: Flatiron Building; 5th Ave, Manhattan (15 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

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City Hall  

Known as the largest government building in the city, City Hall is the oldest government building that still houses official government issues. The interior rooms maintain most of the original furniture and decorations. Rooms such as the Governor’s Room are available for visiting only. Stop by to check out where prominent political decisions happened, knowing you’re sharing the space with a few esteemed past guests such as President Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein!

Where: City Hall, 260 Broadway, Manhattan (30 min walk from The Lombardy Hotel)

 

Staying in New York City – About The Lombardy Hotel

The Lombardy Hotel itself is a work of art and history. Starting in 1926, it was originally purchased by William Randolph Hearst, and used for lavish parties by Hearst’s mistress, Marion Davies. Today, we’ve maintained the quirk and personality that it has acquired over the years while complementing it with our own art deco style of furnishing. If you are in NYC looking for beauty, creativity, and history, then we would love to host you!

 

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