The Cosmopolitan Hotel - TriBeCa History
One of the longest running hotels in New York City, the Cosmopolitan Hotel -TriBeCa was originally built in 1838 as a Gothic Revival structure with an additional building added in 1852, designed in an Italianate style.The Girard House as it was originally named became known as one of the city's finest establishments of its kind. In 1869 the hotel was further expanded and renamed the Cosmopolitan Hotel. The hotel originally featured a lacy New Orleans style ringed balcony and was one of the first to feature telephones in guest rooms as well as an Otis Brothers Elevator. The Cosmopolitan Hotel - TriBeCa was at various stages a destination for Gold Rush miners as well as New York City's prominent judges, lawyers and politicians. Rich in history, (various sources claim Abraham Lincoln stayed here during his famous Cooper Union speech), the Landmarked building continues to welcome guests as a TriBeCa institution.