NYC’s Lexington Hotel redesign celebrates the Jazz Age

Fringe draws inspiration from Midtown hotel’s history and Jazz Era in renovation of The Lexington Hotel.
The six suites were decorated with themed accessories inspired by the Midtown hotel’s history, along with inspiration from the Jazz Age. Photo credit: The Lexington Hotel, Autograph Collection

The Lexington Hotel, a member of Marriott's Autograph Collection in New York City, completed the renovation of all six of its specialty suites. The suites are decorated with themed accessories inspired by the Midtown hotel’s history, along with inspiration from the Jazz Age. The rooms pay tribute to Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Ella Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Arthur Godfrey; and have a suite dedicated to a rotating collection of fine art.

Interior design firm Fringe was involved in the project.

The 600-square-foot Norma Jeane Suite—formerly known as The Centerfield Suite and once used to accommodate Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio when they were married—now has a living room and dining area that lead out to a 200-square-foot private terrace.

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The Conservatory Suite commemorates the property’s architectural heritage by celebrating the style of living space popular during its inception. The Lexington Hotel was built in 1929 by Schultze & Weaver, an architectural team responsible for grand hotels of the Jazz Age. With the renovation of the Conservatory Suite, it now has glass-walled conservatories, which were originally used as greenhouses, and a secret garden.

The Godfrey Suite, named after American radio and television broadcaster Arthur Godfrey, has a retro bar and full dining room with lounge. The suite's master bedroom decor pays homage to Godfrey’s time in the Air Force and induction in the Aviation Hall of Fame.

The Hemingway Suite was inspired by Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist. It has a mahogany desk, tropical motifs and a terrace.

The Ella Suite was inspired by the Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald. There are elements that pay homage to Fitzgerald’s career and cultural impact by creating a juxtaposition between her persona and her musical beginnings on the streets of New York.

Meanwhile, the Hawaiian Room was inspired by Polynesian culture.