May 23, 2018


The lobby of Prospect Tower, No. 45, then and now.

On opening day, No. 45's lobby included two archways, one leading to the on-premises restaurant, the other to a cozy, fireplace-equipped waiting room.

91 years later, the archways remain intact, along with the waiting room, its painting, fireplace, chandelier and leaded glass still in place. The former hallway to the restaurant, however, has been re-purposed into a front desk ‒ and package room behind the curtains. 

The chair has been replaced by No. 45's debonair deskman, Franklin Cruz, a definite improvement.

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