In a city filled with iconic architecture, the Four Seasons Hotel New York stands out. Designed by the Pritzker Prize–winning Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, the commanding structure located on 58th Street between Park and Madison Avenues combines art-moderne flourishes with Gatsby-style glamour, and utilises the same limestone on its façade that was used in Pei’s iconic Louvre Museum expansion. Always the perfectionist, Pei wandered past the building for years after its 1993 completion, dreaming up ways he could improve on his Manhattan masterpiece. In 2004, the hotel’s owner, the emperor of Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, gave Pei the opportunity to take a second look at the Four Seasons’ top-floor penthouse, allowing him and architect Peter Marino to convert the ho-hum suite into the city’s most spectacular (and expensive, at US$50,000 per night) Ty Warner Penthouse. This year, as Pei turns 100 years old, the hotel will unroll a series of celebratory packages to honour its famed founding father.
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