Sherry-Netherland Hotel...1968
{Credit: Marie Fotini discovered the location of Steve McQueen standing in front of this frieze}


Did you know that a remnant of Cornelius Vanderbilt II’s mansion is located in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel on Fifth Avenue? If you’d had the privilege of passing through the Vanderbilt’s glorious wrought iron gates (which currently serve as the entrance to Central Park’s Conservatory Garden) you would’ve been greeted by six sculptural reliefs created by German sculptor Karl Bitter. Each limestone panel showed groupings of either boys or girls in welcoming, usually musical, tableaux. When the mansion was demolished in 1927, two of the six were saved and installed in the newly built Sherry-Netherland Hotel across the street (flanking the revolving door to the lobby). Unfortunately, the other four panels have disappeared without a trace


{Lawrence Fried: NEW YORK TIMES, August 4th 1968}




Lawrence Fried

{Neile Adams rehearsing for Kismet}

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