Door from the Chelsea Hotel, measures approximately 77 x 31 1/2''.Baral, Robert. Turn West on 23rd Street: A Toast to New York's Old Chelsea. Fleet Publishing, 1965.
This door has been consigned by Mr. Jim Georgiou, an accomplished man who had been a previous tenant at the Chelsea (along with his dog, Teddy). Unfortunately, Jim ended up having to leave his beloved home at the hotel, winding up on the street. During this time, he would occasionally return to the Chelsea, to use the restrooms. This was during the beginnings of the renovations on the building. It was as a result of one of these forays into the Chelsea that Jim recovered the doors. Mr. Georgiou recognized the doors' importance as symbols of the accomplished and controversial figures that lived in the hotel when it was a bohemian haven.
Jim Georgiou is now no longer without a home, but certainly remembers his time on the streets. Per his request, a portion of the proceeds from the auction of the doors will go to City Harvest, the non-profit organization that pioneered food rescue in 1982. This year, City Harvest will rescue 59 million pounds of nutritious food and deliver it to 500 community food programs across New York City, helping to feed the nearly 1.3 million New Yorkers facing hunger.
The Chelsea Hotel began as a cooperative -- designed by Philip Hubert to be a kind of Utopia. Eleven stories were built intended to house the rich, the poor, artists and the working. The Chelsea's eight foot wide hallways and communal eating halls were places where these people intermingled regardless of their status outside of the Hotel.
For more than one hundred years, the doors of the Chelsea Hotel swung open for the likes of Andy Warhol, Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Tennessee Williams, Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain, Bob Dylan, Shirley Clarke, and Madonna. It was behind those doors that they partied, idled, and created pieces of culture still revered today.
The Hotel is located in New York's famous Chelsea neighborhood on 222 West 23rd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Its legacy as an outpost for those most iconic along with its towering red brick Queen Anne-style facade distinguishes the Hotel from any place on Earth much less New York City.
This item is being sold without reserve.
Although the attributions of the Doors of the Chelsea to their associated icons have been made based on extensive research of material written on the figures of the Chelsea, as well as interviews with previous residents and employees of the Hotel, and many of these attributions are borne out by various sources, no definite attribution is possible. As such, each door is purchased "as is" and neither Guernsey's nor the consigner is able to provide any warranty or representation confirming the provenance of any door. See Section 1 of the terms and conditions of sale. No statement by anyone or in the catalogue, in any advertisement, or which is made at the sale, in the bill of sale or invoice, or elsewhere, shall be deemed a representation or guarantee of attribution or an assumption of liability.
Statement from consigner Jim Georgiou:
The journey of these iconic Chelsea Doors began with my arrival at the hotel on September 9th, 2002. For the next decade, while I lived in the building, not only was I witness to the magic of these hallowed halls, but was able to share thoughts, feelings, and anecdotes - a living history of the building - with my neighbors. These people were instrumental in unveiling the rich legacy behind these doors, allowing me to proceed with inspiration towards gaining a clearer and more elaborate story of the 'dream palace.'
Once I left the hotel, and had access to years of old-timers sharing their memories within its walls, this became the basis for how to proceed with what turned out to be exhaustive research. The angles and tributaries to this research are multi-dimensional, and in light of continuing valuable revelations could be on-going. However there is a timeline and we have come to the end of it. What I am disclosing here is a definitive list which includes some of the most important people of the 20th century. In some cases, I did not have strong enough information to make a solid attribute to a specific door. In other cases, there were numerous potential attributions based on the transient nature of hotel living, but only few could be captured definitively like moments frozen in time.
That said, this amazing roster makes it crystal clear that every one of these doors is a precious artifact of an epoch never to be witnessed again. The magic, the fantasy...the impossible realities lie within them all...
Chelsea Hotel List of 'Significants'
Bob Dylan- r
Carl Van Vechten-v
Sir Thomas Beecham-v
The Rolling Stones-g-v
Quicksilver Messenger Service-g-v
Prince of Wales-g
William S. Burroughs-r-g-v
Willem de Kooning-r-g-v
Abdullah Ibrahim aka Dollar Brand-r
William Porter aka O. Henry-r-g-v
Bernard & Judith Childs-r
Julio di Diego-r-g
Edgar Lee Masters-r
Peggy Glanville Hicks-v-c
Arthur C. Clarke-r
Sathima Bea Benjamin-r
Simone de Beauvoir-g
Frank Knox Morton Rehn-r
Dee Dee Ramone-r
Charles Melville Dewey-r
Dave Van Ronk-g-v
Ed & Debbie Hamilton -r-c
Gil Scott Heron-r
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn-r
Joseph Cummings Chase-r-g
Mary Fanton Roberts-r
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