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Manhattan’s Hotel des Artistes: America’s Paris on West 67th Street

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Manhattan’s Hotel des Artistes: America’s Paris on West 67th Street

Robert Hudovernik

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More than 600 archival color and black-and-white photos take readers inside the magnificent Hotel des Artistes on Manhattan’s West Side. This is the well-researched, untold story of the artists, returning from stints in Paris in the early 1900s, who convinced Manhattan businessmen to invest in an arts colony on West 67th Street. Readers are invited on a tour of the north light studios, salon ballroom, and iconic cafe where America’s great painters, sculptors, writers, illustrators, actors, and dancers created a beehive of creativity. In addition to stories of select artists, a directory lists the names of the hundreds of tenants who populated the building from 1917 to 2020—an “army of artists” whose work collectively changed the world. This book is a treasure trove for creatives, historians, and the large network of artists and their families with ties to the landmark Hotel des Artistes.

Size: 9″ x 12″ x 7/8″ | 632 color and b/w images | 288 pp
ISBN13: 9780764360442 | Binding: hard cover


Robert Hudovernik studied drawing with renowned Wisconsin surrealist painter John Wilde at the University of Wisconsin, and with figurative expressionist David Staff at Layton School of Art. He has taught Drawing, Design, Photography, and Art History at the University of Wisconsin and Life Drawing at the Milwaukee Instititue of Art and Design.He wrote the drawing ebook Posing for Degas, and Jazz Age Beauties-The Lost Collection of Ziegfeld Photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston. Along with intrepid Manhattan researcher Nils Hanson, Robert spent five years researching the Des Artistes, unearthing remarkable lost stories about an “army of artists” who changed the world. He spent two years interviewing Olga Steckler, the last living model from the glory days of the Hotel des Artistes and West 67th Street. www.hoteldesartistesbook.com