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Travel magazine catches up to developments at General Seminary

Travel magazine catches up to developments at General Seminary

A traveler’s guide reports that part of General Seminary in New York City’s Chelsea area will become a luxury hotel.

Two of the seminaries dormitory buildings, 422 and 455 West 20th Street, were recently reopened as condos. And now the student housing building at 180 Tenth Avenue, which was modeled after the Oxbridge campus, will become a 60-room hotel. There are no interior shots from the hotel, yet Curbed has a source who says the hotel, which overlooks New York City’s popular High Line, will “blend eclectic Americana with antiques and unexpected artwork sourced from around the world.”

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Jim Naughton

Thanks to those who have pointed out problems with the headline. We have changed it. Our apologies.

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Scott White

I regret the headline is misleading. As a General alumnus and officer on the Alumni/ae Executive Committee, I would like to assure everyone that General Seminary is absolutely not becoming a luxury hotel! The building on 10th Avenue formerly known as Eigenbrot was already a hotel, owned by the seminary as part of The Desmond Tutu Center for Peace and Reconciliation. The Seminary still owns and runs the Tutu Center, located in Hoffman Hall, and has now sold only the hotel portion of the Tutu Center. Please follow this link to see full details here: http://news.gts.edu/2012/09/general-seminary-announces-completion-of-plan-to-choose-life/

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Bob McCloskey

Anne,

Hsving just viewed the cited announcement article, it is regrettable that it uses a photo from inside the close, in which a portion of the hotel property is shown, but clearly shows the attached Hoffman Hall, refrectory and lecture rooms. Implication is that that more architectually attractive part of the close is part of the sale.

Much better it would have been to show the reworked and attractive main entrance to the hotel on 10th Avenue.

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Megan Thomas

That's quite the headline, designed to grab attention but it's a bit misleading. The Tutu Center sold its hotel space. For GTS to survive it needed to get out of the business of managing real estate. By the way, the campus and the buildings the Seminary has retained look better than they did two years ago. Come and see!

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A Facebook User

These rooms have been used as rooms for the Desmond Tutu Center for years and have changed hands as part of the Plan to Choose Life, there is no change to the seminary at all.

Keith Voets [added by ed. - please sign your name when you comment. Thanks]

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