The Hotel Chelsea, or more simply the Chelsea, is a historic landmark of New York City that has been home to scores of notable literary and film stars over the years. Finished in 1885, this 250-unit hotel was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
This 12-story building was first set up as a self-contained community and a new social structure where members of various economic classes intermingled in a bohemian and utopian environment, supporting creative and intellectual endeavors.
Its distinctive architectural features are the red-bricked façade, iron balconies, and the grand staircase, which scales the entire building. While the building itself is of architectural interest, what makes it historically significant are the famous names who called the Chelsea home.