Hotel Wolcott

Mini Empire State Building Tapped For Landmark Status

MIDTOWN — Three Midtown buildings are being eyed by the Landmarks Preservation Commission for landmark status, including a miniature Empire State Building and what was once deemed the “world’s biggest hotel.”

Members of Midtown Community Board 5’s Landmarks Committee scrambled to weigh in on the Commission’s plans, which they were notified of just two hours before their monthly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening.

The Commission is set to hold a public hearing on the designations on Oct. 26.

The first building, the 12- story Hotel Wolcott on W. 31st between Broadway and Fifth Ave, was designed by architect John H. Duncan, the man behind Grant’s Tomb in Riverside Park and the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, according to descriptions provided by the Commission.

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