Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hotel Magnate Julius Manger

 This spectacular Renaissance Revival domed structure, was designed, in 1927, by architect Franklin Naylor. Built at a cost of more than $260,000, it boasts an authentic Tiffany stained glass window in a religious theme. Naylor considered this one of his most intricate works, as well as the largest private mausoleum in America. For these reasons, he published a pamphlet about the mausoleum’s construction. Originally built for Dominico Dumbra -- the proprietor of a winery during prohibition -- the building was sold to hotel magnate, Julius Manger, in 1935.

Manger, who graduated from Tulane University Law School, practiced law for a time before partnering with his brother, William, in real estate. Beginning their new venture in Galveston, the pair later relocated to New York City, where 500 homes were built under their watch in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Soon after, the brothers began their successful acquisition of hotels. Their holdings eventually included luxury hotels in Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC and New York. At one time, the Mangers owned 18 hotels in NY alone.

In 1937, Julius Manger died of a heart attack at the Hay-Adams House --an Italian Renaissance-style apartment-hotel in Washington DC--which he owned.   Situated prominently near the Jerome Avenue entrance of Woodlawn Cemetery, the Manger mausoleum is a most fitting tribute to a man who created grand structures for so many others.

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