1. Much of the American Radiator Building is Original

In 1998, the American Radiator Building was sold for $15 million to Philip Pilevsky, the CEO of real estate company and property developer Philips International. The building was later converted into The Bryant Park Hotel three years later, which cost an additional $50 million to complete.

Due to structure’s landmark status, the renovation of its facade required special attention. All of Hood’s exterior features (including the black brick, gold detailing and lighting) were restored and the black marble and mirrors, once found in the lobby, have been replaced. However, some proposed changes — such as bigger guest room windows — were prohibited. The building, as a result, still retains its original detailing, in addition to its bronze and marble entrance on 40th Street.

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