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New York Marriott Marquis

New York Marriott Marquis
Hotel chain Marriott Corporation
General information
Architectural style Brutalist
Location United States
Address 1535 Broadway, New York City
Opening 1985
Cost US$350 million
Owner Host Hotels & Resorts
Management Marriott International
Height 175 m (574 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 49
Floor area 1,844,800 sq ft (171,390 m2)
Design and construction
Architect John Portman & Associates
Other information
Number of rooms 1,892
Number of suites 57
Number of restaurants The View Restaurant & Lounge
Broadway Lounge
Crossroads, An American Kitchen & Bar
Parking US$60–$85 daily[1]
New York Marriott Marquis at CTBUH Skyscraper Database[2][3][4]

New York Marriott Marquis is a Marriott International hotel at 1535 Broadway opened in 1985 and was designed by architect John Portman. It is located on Times Square at Broadway and 45th Street. The hotel is famous for its high-tech elevators and atrium lobby rising 45 stories to "The View", New York's only rooftop revolving restaurant and lounge. With 1,949 rooms and over 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) of meeting space, it is one of the largest hotels in the city. The Marquis Theatre is located within the hotel at the 3rd floor.


  • Creation 1
  • Gallery 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5


The hotel was born in controversy because five historic theaters—the Helen Hayes, the Morosco, the Astor, the Bijou, and the Gaiety—were demolished to clear the site. Protesters, including Christopher Reeve (then at the height of his Superman fame) tried to stop the destruction, even forcing a Supreme Court challenge, but it was too late. What was dubbed "The Great Theater Massacre of 1982" went forward to make way for the hotel. The Marquis was approved for construction but with the requirement that a new theater (now the Marquis Theater) be built on the same site. By the time construction began, the original operators Western International Hotels (today Westin) had dropped out of the project and Marriott had stepped in.

The hotel has been criticized for turning its back to Times Square. However, at the time the hotel was built, Times Square was only beginning to turn around. With the still-seedy character of Times Square, Portman's style of inwardly-oriented spaces made logical sense. The present redevelopment of Times Square as an urban destination point has left the Marriott Marquis detached from the street. However, the Marriott was the first major project in the Times Square revitalization, and has been credited as the starting point for today's development node at Times Square.

At the time the hotel was built, it featured Manhattan's largest grand ballroom and its first revolving restaurant, a three-story, 1,500-seat theater, a second and third ballroom, and 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of meeting, banquet and exhibition spaces.


Looking up at the atrium 
New York Marriott Marquis, circa 1999 
Atrium View 


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  2. ^ New York Marriott Marquis at Emporis
  3. ^ New York Marriott Marquis at SkyscraperPage
  4. ^ New York Marriott Marquis at Structurae

Further reading

  • Nash, Eric P., Jr. (1999). Manhattan Skyscrapers. Princeton Architectural Press.  

External links

  • New York Marriott Marquis – Official Site
  • New York Marriott Marquis Project Pages at John Portman & Associates web site
  • International Herald Tribune on John Portman's hotels
  • Christopher Reeve interview on the demolitions paving way for hotel
  • The View restaurant
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