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In 1836, America’s first multi-millionaire, John Jacob Astor, leveled a residential block at Broadway and Vesey Street in lower Manhattan and built the 309-room Astor House Hotel. It soon became “the place to stay” for the rich and famous of pre- and post-Civil War New York. Indeed, before hostilities broke out, both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were guests at the hotel.
After the war however, hotels far more luxurious than the Astor House were built uptown, and the Astor gradually began its decline. Around 1890, the hotel tried to improve its curb appeal by adding awnings and placing flags on the roof. It also installed a 15-foot tall, freestanding, E. Howard & Co. street clock near the hotel entrance.
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