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The New York City That Never Was: The Gaudí Hotel

gaudi-IIHotel Attraction was a proposed project by architect Antoni Gaudí, for a skyscraper in New York City.

The project was commissioned in May 1908. Planned at a total height of 360 metres, it was probably unrealistic for its time. Little is known about its origin, and the project remained unknown until 1956, when a report by Joan Matamala i Flotats was published, called “When the New World called Gaudí”.

The drawings for the Attraction Hotel had been proposed as basis for the rebuilding of the Ground Zero of Manhattan.

As one of the largest and most varied metropolises of the modern world, New York City is home to some stunning and interesting architecture. But it wasn’t always that way. Were it not for the dreams of enterprising architects, many of the buildings that have become beloved to NYC would never have graced the city’s skyline. And, unfortunately, many never did. In this column, we’ll showcase a different would-be NYC architectural dream, and tell you about the history behind the New York that never was.gaudi-1

In May 1908, two unknown American businessmen with the dream of building a new hotel traveled to Catalonia to meet with the renowned Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi. (The novel The Gaudi Facade by J. S. Raynor, casts these businessmen as Edward T. Carlton, an American hotelier, and William Gibbs McAdoo, the president of the New York and New Jersey Railroad Company).

The Hotel Attraction is completed in an alternate reality as the “Grand Hotel” as seen in Fringe episode “over there”.

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