Midtown Makeover is a Work of Art

Lexington Hotel

Kate Stukenberg  |  Photos by Lexington Hotel
February 18, 2014

New York City’s landmark Lexington Hotel reopened last fall following a fashionable $46 million makeover. David Dashen of New York’s Dash Design led the charge to return the once-storied hotel, built in 1929, back to its Jazz Age splendor when Hollywood royalty would swing through the doors daily and where Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio lived post-nuptials. To help decorate the space, lauded art aficionado Paige Powell commissioned such stylish fine artists as Ruben Toledo and Alba Clemente to fashion the hotel with a variety of their art pieces, including a sprawling Jazz Age-inspired mural trailing from the lobby to the mezzanine by Toledo of his highly recognizable and colorful illustrations and a series of four bold screens lining the walls of the lobby by Clemente. For the 696 guest rooms and 29 suites occupying the 30-story hotel (originally designed by Schultze and Weaver, the masterminds behind iconic properties The Biltmore in Miami, The Breakers Palm Beach and the Waldorf Astoria in New York), Powell and Ashen collected thousands of artworks from a Brooklyn flea market, the Harlem School of the Arts and Creative Growth, an Oakland-based center that fosters disabled adults’ artistic talent, creating an artful escape to inspire the traveler. 511 Lexington Ave., New York, lexingtonhotelnyc.com. Rooms from $399.