New York Pier 54 Archway preserved

The New York Pier 54 Archway is to be preserved in situ.  Full details are available in the ‘Response to comments’ document here: (p39).

Metal framework of Pier 54 New York
Pier 54, New York
The response to comment 72 (p41) states “HRPT [Hudson River Park Trust] agrees that the arch is an important legacy that should be retained and it will be as part of the Pier 54 Connector Project and will remain in its existing location” and to comment 75 “HRPT and Pier55 agree that the history of Pier 54 should be recognized and plan to appropriately commemorate that history”.
Many thanks to all who aided this endeavour.

Liverpool’s White Star Line building – Titanic themed hotel

Albion House exterior with a White Star Line flag flyingAlbion House, the striking red and white striped White Star Line headquarters in Liverpool is in the process of being converted into a Titanic-themed hotel. A brief glimpse of progress was allowed at an open day in March. A White Star flag was hoisted for the occasion.

Decorative white arched ceiling inside the reception area

The original ceiling in the main reception area (right), and cast iron pillars which reputedly saved the building from total destruction after a direct hit from a second world war bomb.


Hotel bedroom with picture of Wallace Hartley

One of the rooms – dedicated to Wallace Hartley.

Interior of Titanic hotel room - silver table and grey chairsThe décor and furnishings are a very modern take on traditional styles.



The well cared for First World War memorial remains in the main hallway.

Large polished wood First World War memorial bearing dozens of names

Plans are for a phased opening beginning in April.

(originally posted in early March 2014 – transition of from  web page to blog posts page in July 2014)