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Ignacy Jan Paderewski

(1860-1941)

 
 
Ignacy Jan Paderewski Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 4, 2009
1. Ignacy Jan Paderewski Marker
Inscription. The Buckingham was the last residence of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, first Prime Minister of Poland, great pianist, composer and friend of six U.S. presidents, whose efforts restored the independence of Poland at the end of World War I.

Paderewski debuted at Carnegie Hall during its first season on November 17, 1891, and until his death on June 29, 1941, he contributed substantially to the cultural life of the City of New York.

Presented by Raphael Kastoriano, Voytek Matushevski, Behre Piano Assoc., Inc., and the City of New York
November 17, 1991
 
Erected 1991 by Raphael Kastoriano, Voytek Matushevski, Behre Piano Assoc., Inc., and the City of New York.
 
Location. 40° 45.872′ N, 73° 58.642′ W. Marker is in New York City, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of West 57th Street and 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West 57th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West 57th Street, New York NY 10019, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 130 West 57th Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Simon Bolivar Statue (about 600 feet away); Alwyn Court Apartments
The Buckingham Hotel (1929) - Paderewski's last home, looking across 6th Ave. image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 4, 2009
2. The Buckingham Hotel (1929) - Paderewski's last home, looking across 6th Ave.
The marker is located on the West 57th Street side of the building, on the left of the first set of windows in from the intersection.

The Buckingham's biography of Paderewski notes, "...the Buckingham Hotel the obvious choice for his visits: Steinway Hall was next door and Carnegie Hall just across the street. It offered Paderewski spacious accommodations, 'peace and quiet' and delicious food, according to both his notes and those who traveled with him. "
(about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Alwyn Court Apartments (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Plaza Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peninsula Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Plaza Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); The Metropolitan Club (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York City.
 
Regarding Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

•Per Wikipedia: "...It was in Vienna that he made his musical debut in 1887. He soon gained great popularity and his subsequent appearances (in Paris in 1889, and in London in 1890) were major successes. His brilliant playing created a furore which reached to almost extravagant lengths of admiration; and his triumphs were repeated in the United States in 1891. His name at once became synonymous with the highest level of piano virtuosity."

•Paderewski was the first Prime Minister of the newly restored Polish state after the First World War, serving in that capacity from January 1919 through December 1919.

•The Buckingham's biography of Paderewski notes, "...the Buckingham Hotel the obvious choice
"Dancer" above the main entrance of the Buckingham Hotel. image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 4, 2009
3. "Dancer" above the main entrance of the Buckingham Hotel.
Immediately to the left of the Buckingham Hotel entrance is a plaque describing the glass window above the hotel entrance by artist Jose Ortega: "The stained glass Dancer was commissioned by the Buckingham Hotel in homage to West 57th Street's tradition of art glass as well as its place in musical history. The work is 80 square feet and was constructed from over 35 colors of glass - some layered over other - hand made in Germany. It has come to be called "The Dancing King" because of its association of the Buckingham Hotel, which has been home to such great performers as pianists Ignacy Paderewski and Van Cliburn, dancer-choreographer Albertina Rasch, and jazz sax Gato Barbieri and opera legends Giuseppe de Luca and Regina Resnik....
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for his visits: Steinway Hall was next door and Carnegie Hall just across the street. It offered Paderewski spacious accommodations, 'peace and quiet' and delicious food, according to both his notes and those who traveled with him. "
 
Also see . . .
1. Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The Buckingham Hotel's biography of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. (Submitted on November 8, 2009.) 

2. The Hotel. The Buckingham Hotel's history of itself. Includes a long list of cultural luminaries that have been associated with the hotel, as well as a timeline with dates and noted events related to the hotel. (Submitted on November 8, 2009.) 

3. Paderewski Biography. The Paderewski Association's biography of... (Submitted on November 8, 2009.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 749 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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