Fifth Avenue Hotel, Madison Cottage Cover, New York (circa)1900
New York’s Fifth Avenue doesn't look like this any more. The cover of this (circa) 1900 Fifth Avenue Hotel breakfast menu shows an engraving of the early wayside stop which was known as Madison Cottage, where travelers could eat and rest. It was originally known as the Horn Farmhouse and sat at what would be the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street. It was turned into an inn by William “Corporal” Thompson and it was named Madison Cottage after James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, who died in 1836. The building was razed in 1853 to make room first for Franconi's Roman Hippodrome and then for the Fifth Avenue Hotel, Madison Cottage ultimately gave rise to the names for the adjacent avenue (Madison Avenue) and park, which are therefore only indirectly named after President James Madison. Eataly now stands where Madison Cottage and the Fifth Avenue Hotel once stood.
Courtesy Lou Greenstein
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