â€œOnce a fair and stately Palace-Radient Palace-Reared its head.â€?
JOHN F XAVIER MCHENRY IV PRESENTS
Immersive: An experience that alters the senses, and transports the visitor to another place and time.
5 BEEKMAN STREET
L ocated at 5 Beekman Street in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York; A stately historic building stands delicately in the shadow of its modernistic, high rise surroundings. Completed in the year of 1884, this structure housed the largest atrium in all of New York City, and boasted only the third elevator in the whole city and surrounding areas. Standing at 9 stories tall, this building encompasses a surplus of classical detail that has stood the test of time due to the central atrium being covered for over 40 years because of it no longer meeting the new york city building and fire codes. The architect of the building was Thomas Betts. A native New Yorker, who passed away suddenly before seeing his dream come to fruition. He dreamed that one day his masterpiece would cater to all of manhattans elite whenever they so desired.
â€œThe scariest form of freedom is insanity- Because it is a complete freedom from the conventions of society.â€? -Tim Burton
“I find beauty in the grotesque.” - ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
St Pauls chapel
just two blocks away from 5 Beekamn, St. Pauls Chapel served as a pivotal resource when creating a narrative for Hotel Ambrosine. Every single character in the narrative was pulled directly from headstones in the cemetery which dates back to the 1800s
THE BATTS FAMILY
Inherited the hotel from his father (the architect. Pursued the dream of his father to open a hotel for manhattans elite
Married George for his money. Only concerned with self image and material possessions. Specifically her jewelry collection .
-OVERBEARING -CONTROLLING -MANIPULATIVE
-SELF ABSORBED -AVARICIOUS -SELFISH
*PORTRAYED IN THE ARCHIVE
*PORTRAYED IN DE-VERA
The favorite child to George and Winifred. Lillie was a twin, but presented to the public as the only child, and embraced it.
The “ugly duckling” of the family. Adelaide was locked in the basement away from the public for fear of tarnishing the family image of perfection.
-PERFECT -BEAUTIFUL -NAIVE
-MISUNDERSTOOD -DEFORMED -IMAGINATIVE
*PORTRAYED IN ROOFTOP RESTAURANT
*PORTRAYED IN THE BASEMENT CHAMBER
Private i Doctor to Adelaide d l id
S Socialite i lit it
New to New York City to expand his practice. William was approached to be the exclusive doctor to Adelaide, and becomes the only one to have contact with her.
Married William for the status of becoming a Doctors Wife. Befriends Winifred when she moves to New York, and adapts her selfish behavior.
-SMART -SECRETIVE -UNEMOTIONAL *PORTRAYED IN BASEMENT CHAMBER
-SELF ABSORBED -AVARICIOUS -FOLLOWER
AMBROSINE Mistress Mis Mi str st re ess ss t to o Ge G George eo or rge rge e Hired by George to be his private mistress. Ever since Adelaide was born, he blamed Winifred for her deformity. She is a confident woman who doesn’t care about how people perceive her. Befriends Adelaide when she confronts her in the hall while leaving George’s bedroom. Murdered by consuming poison given to her by George when he found out she knew about Adelaide. -COCKY -ABRASIVE -CONTROVERSIAL *PORTRAYED IN THE INTERSTITIAL SPACES
THOMAS DOORMAN As the doorman to the hotel, Thomas meets everyone that arrives, and leaves the premises. Although young and immature, he is aware of everything that occurs in the building at all times, which is why he develops a keen interest in Ambrosine. -IMMATURE -AWARE -CURIOUS *PORTRAYED IN THE LOBBY
NANCY HOUSEKEEPER As the only full-time housekeeper in the hotel, she was there from the very beginning. She is very loyal to George and obedient to whatever he says, even if that means cleaning up a murder scene. -OBEDIENT -LOYAL -SELF SUFFICIENT *PORTRAYED IN GUEST ROOMS
“Through two luminous windows, saw spirits moving musically.” -EDGAR ALLAN POE
As an accompaniment to Hotel Ambrosine, a playbill was created to hand out to guest jurors. Inside describes the development of the characte...