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NEW YORK: POWER & PROMINENCE GREAT, GRAND & FAMOUS HOTELS 139 For a New Century A Beaux Arts Skyline New York led the world into the twentieth century with its passion for the bold and the new. In a reverse trend European hoteliers began travelling to New York to study the latest in hotel management and technology. Americans continued their raids on Europe in search of decorating and style ideas. By the beginning of World War One, New York's skyline was dominated by buildings in the eclectic Beaux Arts style which perfectly reflected the Gilded Age. The Ecole des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts) was in Paris, one of the world's major cities, and it emphasised the extraordinary urban environments of the past, such as Ancient Rome and Renaissance Paris. Beaux Arts emphasized grand, imposing structures only appropriate for a large city, and New York was becoming the perfect such city. Architect of the Waldorf=Astoria, Hardenbergh designed several more New York hotels, all in the Beaux Arts style, including the Manhattan Hotel (1897), the Ansonia (1899), the Plaza (1907), and the Hotel Martinique (1911). Above: The legendary Plaza Hotel, which opened in 1907 and hosted New York's elite for decades, closed as a hotel in April, 2005. Above right: The view West across Broadway at 72nd street to the Ansonia Hotel, designed by duBoy and Graves and built in 1904. Right: The Manhattan Hotel.