Monday, October 22, 2012

The famous New York Cafe in Budapest at night

Commissioned by the New York Insurance Company New York Palace was built according to the plans of Alajos Hauszmann, Flóris Korb and Kálmán Giergl.

Sándor Steuer a member of a famous coffee-family opened the gem of the building the “most beautiful café in the world” on October 23, 1894.

The ground floor café became the most splendid part of the imposing palace beside its windows with 16 devilish fauns – “El Ashmodai” the ancient figure of coffee and meditation – held the lantern in good style propagating the spirituality of New York Café this way too.
The majestic building was built in eclectic style relying on Italian renaissance and baroque; its lavishly furnished interiors were designed in the spirit of historical eclecticism. Everything being made of marble, bronze, silk and velvet many people compared the building to the palace of the Bavarian King Louis II. The ceiling was decorated with the marvellous panel paintings of Gusztáv Mannheimer and Ferenc Eisenhut at the entrance a fountain, in the halls Venetian chandeliers dazzled visitors. In the Café beside the women’s and gambling room in the “deepwater” a billiard-room also found a place. According to the Pest rumour on the opening day a famous writer Ferenc Molnár together with his journalist friends threw the keys of the Café into the Danube to have it open 24 hours a day.

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