Residents could also stay in for their entertainment—the hotel’s first-floor lounge had a stage, a pipe organ, and seating capacity of 300 for concerts and dramatic performances. The upper floors contained artists’ studios and sound.proofed music rooms. “My room was like a small closet,” says Hart. fame and fortune, but stayed much longer than they’d planned. For the first time, women were graduating college at almost the same rate as men, many aspiring toward careers outside the socially acceptable vocations of teaching or nursing. The Barbizon eased me into an independent, career-girl life; it was the bridge between the world I’d always known and an intoxicating adventure.” In the 1920s, single girls were flocking to the Big Apple in unprecedented numbers. She was worried she’d lose her job as a performer at the World’s Fair. During her stay, Ms. Kelly was known for "performing exotic dances in the…. “I’d lived in the South all my life, and I needed to grow up. This week, our we’d like to revisit the topic, but instead of focusing on the celebrities, take a closer look…. The "charming" library, where, the brochure advertised, "residents spend many pleasant hours.". In 1939, 22-year-old Chicagoan Judith Ann Palmer was six months into her stay at the Barbizon when she wrote a suicide note, left $30 in a dresser drawer, and shot herself in the head. The only males exempt were doctors, plumbers, electricians, and dates who’d been invited to an event in the lounge. A model poses in front of the Barbizon for a fashion shoot in the July 1955 issue of Charm. The Barbizon also provided a place for women moving to the big city who hoped to earn jobs and embark on their careers; it was a launching pad for ladies with big dreams, and it changed the lives of hundreds of its residents. The Barbizon finally did the unthinkable: in 1981, it began admitting males. Taking a dip in the pool, which was open year-round. landmark in 2012. See more ideas about Hotel, Sylvia plath, New york city buildings. Its rooms and lobbies evoke the romance of the past, with wooden beams and pointed ceilings. Last week, we gave in to our voyeuristic tendencies and brought you a slideshow of rare photos of cultural icons snapped in their own beds. Girls needed…. By the ’70s, the hotel felt more like a prim relic than the modern mecca it had been 40 years earlier. But even lower-income families could rest easy knowing their daughters would be kept safe and, most importantly, chaste; the Barbizon was staffed with “housemothers” who monitored and enforced rules against any “immoral behavior.” The most infamous rule was the one restricting men from going past the hotel lobby. With its imposing Gothic facade, this skyscraper doesn’t make a huge impression. A former front-desk employee told the Saturday Evening Post in 1963, “The first test of getting in, after [they] know you can pay, seems to be how pretty you are.” The staff graded applicants: women under 28 years old got an “A,” 28 to 38 got a “B,” and “C” was awarded to anyone above 38. Sylvia Plath immortalized the hotel in The Bell Jar, and recounted her experiences living there while working as an editorial intern for Mademoiselle magazine. landmark in 2012. I was on my own.” Taking a dip in the pool, which was open year-round.But not every girl who came to the Barbizon went on to a thriving career, and the pressure of being alone in a big city proved too much to bear for some of its residents. But for most of the girls, the cramped room was a small price to pay for freedom their mothers’ generation couldn’t have fathomed. Female workers were no longer solely nurses, cooks or household help. Completed in 1930, the Barbizon-Plaza Hotel was the first residential hotel equipped as a music and arts center in the United States. They might be “husband hunters” who’d break their leases as soon as they got married, or they wouldn’t be reliable enough to bring in steady paychecks and pay their rent. We’re by the main train station and close to the museums and shops. The hotel’s still standing, but now as Barbizon 63, a luxury condominium building. Staffers were trained to spot bachelors lounging around the lobby who might be trying to hook up with the famed “Barbizon girls”; J.D. In 1934, Edith La Tour checked into the hotel and committed suicide the same night, by jumping from her 12th floor room. They wanted more freedom to come and go.” Many other companies, like Ford Models and Mademoiselle, soon ended their programs as well. But there were dangers in the big city as well--dangers called “wolves;” the smooth-talking decadent men who searched out naïve young girls. Salinger was reportedly kicked out more than once for loitering a bit too long. “The Barbizon had a number of people who, sort of like guards, checked on your morals and behavior, and among these were the elevator operators,” she says. “The Barbizon’s rapidly shriveling grandeur was sad in a way,” says former resident Kronstadt, “but also funny, because it signaled to me that the conventional ways of viewing young women, and their autonomy and courage, were eroding.” Page from a brochure advertising the Barbizon's performances, classes, and art studiosThe Barbizon finally did the unthinkable: in 1981, it began admitting males. The NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace hotel is right in the center of Amsterdam. “The Barbizon enabled me to move to New York alone,” says Judy Goldman, a resident back in 1965 (at the age of 23). The building itself is a highlight too, dating back to the 17th century. The exclusivity made the women behind the Barbizon’s walls the most lusted-after forbidden fruit in the Big Apple. But for every Grace Kelly or Ali MacGraw, there were many more who never made it big. suffered a severe housing shortage, and while boarding houses were common at the turn of the century, they were intended more for immigrant or working-class women, and had long waiting lists. As the decades progressed, the Barbizon’s bright star of possibility and glamour started to dim. That’s how Sandra Hart heard about the Barbizon Hotel back in 1959, while she was attending college in Ohio.