At the turn of the last century, all the world came to Broadway to shop, dine, flirt, find amusement, and meet acquaintances,” wrote Henry Collins Brown, curator of the Museum of the City of New York. In 1897, the Hotel Martinique on Broadway opened amidst the boom of hotel and theater life. Broadway was said to have a champagne sparkle with an artistic glow, and the trend setting culture found on this famous boulevard flourished. Around the same period, Pennsylvania Station, Macy’s, and the extended PATH train made their celebrated debut. It was the perfect time for William R.H. Martin, owner and namesake of the Hotel Martinique, to submit plans to dramatically increase the size of the Hotel Martinique. Martin hired the Hotel Martinique’s original architect, Henry Hardenberg for the redesign and expansion. Hardenberg, a slender man, who favored a starched high collar and pearl stickpin, was known as one of the greatest architects of his time for building Castles in the Air. His artistry was built on structural strength that has endured for generations.

According to Christopher Gray, architectural historian “Hardenbergh designed buildings for long-term use, not short term profit”. To his credit Hardenberg also designed the Dakota Apartments, the original Waldorf Astoria at Fifth Avenue, the Plaza Hotel and the famed Willard Hotel in Washington DC. A parade of celebrities, the actress Lillian Russell, Diamond Jim Brady, John Wanamaker, Mark Twain, and Oscar Hammerstein, were constant visitors at his architectural gems. With the expansion completed, the Hotel Martinique re-opened on December 21, 1910 to a fanfare of elegantly dressed guests who arrived in horse drawn carriages. They were immediately impressed when they entered the vast lobby, which featured an inspiring mosaic tile floor and an 18-story spiral staircase, both of which are intact today.

Significant to the legendary history of the Martinique is the formation of the Professional Golfers Association of America. In 1916, department store magnate, Rodman Wanamaker, sponsored a luncheon at the Hotel Martinique, where 35 prominent golf professionals created The PGA. The Charter for the PGA was signed on April 10, 1916 at the Hotel Martinique.

On August, 31st, 2011, the PGA Gallery at the Radisson Martinique officially opened in grand style with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by the hotel's General Manager and members of the PGA. To celebrate the event, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed August 31st PGA Day in New York City. The Radisson Martinique was presented with a Proclamation that will be displayed in the new PGA Gallery at the Martinique. o

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Just steps from the Martinique, construction of the Empire State Building began on March 17, 1930. Just over a year later, President Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C. officially opening and turning on the Empire State Building’s lights for the first time. At that same moment, guests celebrated at the Martinique, by lifting 
Their glasses and toasting their new neighbor, the Empire State Building. On the register of Historic Hotels of America, the Martinique still stands amidst the excitement of Midtown Manhattan, near the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, Macy’s Flagship Store at Herald Square, Chelsea Art Galleries, and SoHo Bistros and Restaurants. Just as it was during the Gilded Age, the Hotel remains a symbol of Grand Hospitality, in the same stunning Beaux Art Building of 1896. 


Rich in history and the founding home of the PGA...
Just as it was in 1900, The Hotel Martinique is a stunning Beaux Arts building in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Still amidst the excitement, it is just blocks away from the Empire State Building.

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