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New York City's Most Iconic Hotel Unveils Its Newly Restored Facade

Publish Date: 12-Feb-2014

New York Wednesday, February 12, 2014


 A Comprehensive Exterior Restoration Completes The Plaza’s Renovation Project, Reviving the Manhattan Landmark’s Illustrious History and Renowned Design


The Plaza, one of New York’s most celebrated and historic hotels, is pleased to announce the completion of an extensive exterior renovation, presenting a brilliantly restored façade.   As a treasured part of New York history, The Plaza Hotel’s elegant architecture has been an icon in Manhattan’s landscape since 1907, when the French Renaissance chateau-style hotel first opened.


Restoring a valued part of New York’s historical architecture, the renovation of its façade, which was designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, included the replacement of ornamental terracotta, as well as the extensive restoration of deteriorated terracotta, brick and marble.  It also involved waterproofing and roofing repairs, and a final thorough cleaning.  


“An incredible amount of artful craftsmanship and painstaking work has gone into this master façade renovation, and we could not be more pleased to welcome guests into our beautifully revived masterpiece,” stated George Cozonis, Managing Director, The Plaza.   “This project has truly restored The Plaza to its original glory, and has preserved a beloved piece of Manhattan’s history in the process.”   


The two-year restoration required that original façade elements were repaired and, in some cases, recreated, requiring the use of historically compatible mortar, custom-colored patching compounds, and custom made molds.  Matching the color and hardness of the mortar was essential to ensuring that the building maintained its historic look. The historic mortar was analyzed and a mortar with matching characteristics was used.


Custom molds were created from original remaining elements to retain the historical integrity throughout the renovation.  The marble bosses on the 4th floor balconettes have now been replaced with new concrete molds that were casted from the remaining original marble bosses.  On the 15th floor, many of the original balusters had severely deteriorated.  Comprised of elegant volutes and circles, and flanked by ornate pilasters, these deteriorated balusters were replaced with custom molds created from the original pieces and matching the original finishes.  Several units were hand carved to create a perfect match.  


The roofs on the 15th floor balconies were restored with new “Patina Green” roofing and were restructured to facilitate proper drainage.  On the Fifth Avenue façade, new copper patina leaders were installed to discharge water away from the masonry.


This extensive renovation was overseen by Howard L. Zimmerman Architects, P.C., a firm that specializes in the restoration, preservation, and alteration of historic buildings.   “As an Architect and a native New Yorker, it has personally and professionally been an honor and a privilege to be part of the team that helped restore such an iconic New York City landmark,” stated Howard Zimmerman.


As the ultimate luxury lifestyle destination, The Plaza features lavish hotel rooms, destination restaurants, an exclusive retail collection, and state-of-the-art meeting and event spaces within its restored façade.  The hotel offers 282 guestrooms and suites, including 102 luxurious suites in seven distinct designs and layouts.  Opulent style and design bring The Plaza experience to life within its legendary and magnificent public spaces, including The Grand Ballroom, The Terrace Room, The Palm Court, The Champagne Bar, and The Rose Club. 


Hotel guests, New York City visitors, and locals alike can enjoy the world-class Shops at The Plaza, as well as Caudalie Vinotherapie® Spa, Warren-Tricomi Salon, The Todd English Food Hall and The Plaza Food Hall, which features an unprecedented assemblage of the city’s finest culinary concepts.  For 100 years, The Plaza has been chosen by socialites, celebrities, royalty and business leaders for their most important events.  The Plaza’s glamorous venues and impeccable service ensure perfectly extraordinary celebrations.  


The Plaza Hotel is managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. For reservations or additional information please: call 888-240-7775 or visit  


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About The Plaza

Timeless, captivating and unforgettable, The Plaza is where memories are made. The passionate and

uncompromising service which made the hotel a legend has been re-ignited with a new and contemporary spirit. The Plaza is an extraordinary hotel and a true Urban Resort that offers guests every indulgence, featuring TheShops at The Plaza, La Palestra, Caudalie Vinotherapie® Spa, the Warren-Tricomi Salon and The Eloise Shop. The Palm Court provides a quintessential New York experience, and the opulent Grand Ballroom continues to host the world’s most memorable events. The Plaza is also home to the The Champagne Bar, The Rose Club, and The Plaza Food Hall, a 30,000 square foot culinary experience anchored by The Todd English Food Hall. Designated a New York City Landmark in 1969, it is also the only New York City hotel to be selected as a National Historic Landmark. The Plaza is managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. For reservations and additional information, please call 888-240-7775 or visit 


About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of more than 65 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand's distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. Fairmont balances the company’s economic, environmental and social priorities and provides the framework for responsible hotel operations through the Sustainability Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit

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