George Washington Hotel/Freehand New York
Higgins Quasebarth & Partners served as historic tax credit consultants to the Sydell Group on the rehabilitation of the George Washington Hotel, an historic apartment hotel located in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park neighborhood. Envisioned in the 1920s as the first in a series of presidential-themed apartment hotels, the George Washington was completed in 1930. Since the 1990s, the building served as a dormitory and its exterior and interior public spaces were poorly maintained. Now operating as the Freehand New York hotel, the rehabilitation project consisted of storefront restoration across the building’s three street facades and extensive repairs to the building’s terra-cotta and cast-stone cladding. On the interiors, all the original public spaces were preserved and historic features and finishes were restored. The building’s lobby and second floor gallery, lounge, and library were transformed by architects Roman & Williams, and are now serving the public and hotel patrons as originally intended. Guest rooms on the upper floors were refinished and are now furnished with curated furniture, decorative rugs, and commissioned murals done by art students.