1794 City Hotel New York and others
In 1794 the City Hotel opened in New York City. It is said that it was the first building in America specially built for the purpose of being a hotel. With 73 rooms it was considered a very large property. New York was at the time a booming town of approx 30,000. The City Hotel beside accommodation offered meeting rooms and with such became the social center of the city as it opened its doors.
Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia followed suit by opening similar establishments.
These hotels became quickly a fashionable meeting place. America’s highly mobile society finally had found the needed setting for gatherings.
New York’s first skyscraper was the six story Adelphi Hotel.