Dramatic Images Of The Windsor Hotel Fire & Collapse – 1899

A New York St. Patrick’s Day Tragedy

More Than 80 People Die At The Windsor Hotel Fire

Windsor Hotel Fire, March 17, 1899. Showing collapse of roof water tower during blaze. photographer: unknown

As thousands of New Yorkers were celebrating the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Friday, March 17, 1899, the Windsor Hotel on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets caught fire. The inferno caused the building to collapse. At least 86 people died, though the exact number perishing remains unknown.

We have previously written about the fire and how 31 unidentified victims were finally acknowledged with a memorial at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY in 2014.

To commemorate the anniversary of the tragedy we are reproducing images that have not been seen since their original publication.

The following seven photo sequence was taken by a photographer for Frank Leslie’s Magazine. The final photo sequence shows the building collapsing in stages.

2 thoughts on “Dramatic Images Of The Windsor Hotel Fire & Collapse – 1899

  1. Katherine Walshe

    Thank you for posting these photographs which show the extent of the devastation.

    I would like to know if you have come across a list of employees at the Windsor Hotel at the time of the fire in 1899.

  2. Kevin

    It’s so sad when victims of tragedies like this go unidentified. Certainly they had friends, relatives, co-workers who knew they were staying at the hotel, didn’t they?


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