Gilsey House historic photo.

A Rooftop Addition on a 19th-Century Building Suits a Growing Family’s Needs

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The luxurious Gilsey House was the first hotel in New York to have telephones and featured walnut and rosewood details, marble fireplaces, and bronze chandeliers. The AIA guide by Norval White has described it as having "a vigor that only the waning years of the 19th century could muster."