Windsor Arcade (10 Years)
Photo from New York Public Library
The Windsor Arcade was a 3-story building erected on the site of the stylish and luxurious Windsor Hotel, which came to a tragic end in 1899 after a fire that killed 60. In 1901, the Windsor Arcade was built on the site at 5th Avenue and 47th Street with a monumental entrance surrounded by sculptures. Designed by architect Charles I. Berg at a cost of $2.5 million, it was filled with art galleries and shops. There was even carriage access into the inner courtyard. It was never intended to be a long lasting building despite the expense put into it, just something to cover the expense of the property before a better idea came along and by 1911 it was demolished.