Roger Smith Hotel

Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Roger Smith Hotel
Stock Pattern: 59000
Date: 1956
Notes: This was a stock pattern used by the Roger Smith Hotel chain, which opened its first hotel in Stamford, Connecticut on December 29, 1928 (and demolished it 53 years later in 1981).

Under the direction of founder Oscar de Lima, the Roger Smith Hotel chain grew to include eight hotels by 1949, including the Hotel Winthrop and Hotel Park Crescent in New York City.

In 1987, Oscar de Lima's daughter, Suzanne Knowles, inherited the Roger Smith Hotel chain, and by 1994, the hotel chain included 17 hotels in the United States, with the Manhattan hotel at 47th Street and Lexington Avenue being wholly owned by the family.

Considered a boutique hotel in 2009, the Roger Smith Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is home to Lily's Restaurant and has a dedicated art gallery. Paintings, sculptures and other artistic expressions -- including the artwork of Suzanne's husband James Knowles -- are showcased in the hotel lobby, restaurant and Lab Gallery. The hotel has an obvious "art bias" in the words of co-proprietor and artist James Knowles. Though the modern art bias does not extend to the 130 rooms/suites of the hotel, which are decorated with provencial country wallpaper and furnishings, more typical of a Bed & Breakfast Inn.

Sources:
The Roger Smith Hotel: A Photo Archivist's Selection of the Month: March 2009
"City Demolishing Roger Smith Hotel: Colorful History of Roger Smith Hotel comes to an end," The Advocate, Carol Grunewald, 1981
"New Yorkers & Co.; Bed and Bronzes," The New York Times, Bryan Miller, March 6, 1994
Roger Smith Hotel New York

Overall leaf and grasses pattern done in gray and white.




Photos submitted by lady*bird
ID submitted by O.P.Co.

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