Since opening its doors in 1926, InterContinental New York Barclay has been intertwined with the city’s vibrant history. Originally part of Grand Central Terminal’s urban design plan, the hotel has helped shape one of the world’s most important commercial and financial centers. It has hosted legendary guests and has even served as the New York headquarters for a presidential campaign. And as the city continues to evolve, so does The Barclay, with spectacular renovations and sustainability initiatives. Be a part of New York City history. Be a part of InterContinental New York Barclay.
A Landmark is Born
Midtown East is one of the most important and influential neighborhoods not just in the city, but in the world. Everything changed here in the early 1900s, when the New York Central Railroad — owned by the Vanderbilt family — decided to electrify its rail tracks and place them underground. This sparked a building boom on the streets north of Grand Central Terminal, giving rise to sleek Park Avenue penthouses, gleaming skyscrapers, and some of the most elegant hotels in the world — including InterContinental New York Barclay. Take a look at the timeline below to see how the hotel has evolved over the years.
The Beginning: Terminal CityLearn More
Building designed by Cross & CrossLearn More
Doors Open in 1926Learn More
The Opening DanceLearn More
The First Tennant: Caswell-MasseyLearn More
Grand Central Station & Park AvenueLearn More
Hemingway Writes at the HotelLearn More
Legendary guests - Perle MestaLearn More
First Bird-Cage in a lobbyLearn More
1979 InterContinental Barclay HotelLearn More
$20-Million RenovationLearn More
Campaign Headquarters at the BarclayLearn More
Anniversary The Barclay New YorkLearn More
A Pioneer in SustainabilityLearn More
Introducing the new InterContinental New York Barclaytal New York BarclayLearn More
A Secret City
The InterContinental New York Barclay embraces quintessential Park Avenue residential style. The design focuses on the heritage details of the original 1926 hotel with a grand staircase, Federalist-style details and an elaborate lobby ceiling.