Ladies and Gentlemen, the Clare Hotel as we know it is no more. But don’t stress, it will be back up and running in the near future, pending a total reconstruction of the digs. According to Power House Museum’s website, the venue, which was designed back in the 1940s, will be going under the knife, but will be returning with a much more modern vibe.
The 40s and indeed the whole twentieth century were a much different time. Establishments were constructed to reflect the need to keep classes separated, with a lounge area for ladies and a communal saloon style bar – pretty much exactly what The Clare is. But with the modern world rapidly progressing, it’s time for change.
Plans have been revealed to incorporate The Clare with the massive construction plans carrying on next door on Broadway. Developers are seeking approval on designs for the pub that include plans for a 60-room boutique hotel with conference facilities, restaurants, a lounge, and a rooftop pool and deck. The redevelopment will act as a gateway to Central Park from the parallel Kensington Lane, according to the Block Brief blog.
It all sounds very lavish and fancy, so chances are that the local broke student demographic that frequents the haunt won’t have the purchasing power to keep returning.
Time to organise some farewell drugs, everyone!