July 23, 2017

Special CANOPY Edition

Entrance canopies have been a presence in Tudor City since the beginning, and rightly so. Canopies are classy, and Tudor City was marketed to upwardly mobile types.

Here's a survey of select awnings in the complex over the last 90 years. Click to enlarge.
Hotel Tudor, circa 1955. The awning that brought a bit of Miami Beach to Tudor City. 
The 3-H's, 1930.  The three separate entrances were consolidated into one in 1959. 
Today, there's an awning at the sole entrance in Hardwicke Hall.
The Manor, 1930. A pole-less canopy, it relied on wires for stability.
Tudor Tower, No. 25, 1984. The press descend on Tom Hanks under No. 25's canopy in the movie Splash
Hotel Tudor, 42nd Street entrance, 1930. That's the Church of the Covenant to its left, 
and a taxpayer on the right.

Hotel Tudor, 41st St. entrance, 1930. This was the direct entrance to the cocktail lounge, hence the canopy, another pole-less model. It's no longer in place.
Cove Restaurant, circa 1947. Set in No. 45's longtime restaurant space, The Cove had an eight-year run, from 1945-1953, and a modest awning over the entrance to the bar. 
Essex House, 1930 and 1964. This extra-long canopy no longer exists, making
Essex House the only building 
in the complex currently without an awning.
Windsor Tower, No. 5, 1983. Tudor City's scariest awning thanks to a 
nail-biting sequence in the movie Scarface. See it here.
Tudor Gardens, No. 2, 2012.  Today, this yawning awning is the enclave's longest,
a natural for grand entrances.

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