Before the pandemic and when students could still travel, three JFS students in Robert Rarrick's English class took a pilgrimage to the famed Hotel Cheslea. The students had learned about the building from a number of books they read in class and from information Rarrick discussed, including that the hotel housed more famous literary and cultural figures than any other site in the country.
Students Lydia Manley, Madison Burton and Elizabeth Leon, visited the building and talked about the many famous artists who stayed there including Arthur Miller, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and John Sloan.
The students discussed their observations of the building and their thoughts on the famous people who resided there:
“My visit to the Chelsea has made me eager to read ‘The Crucible’ when I reach 11th grade,” said Elizabeth Leon. “The play’s author, Arthur Miller, moved into the Chelsea after he divorced Marilyn Monroe.”
"As a classic rock fan, I’ve always wanted to go see the Hotel Chelsea,” said Madison Burton. “I love many of the artists who have lived there. Some of my favorite Chelsea artists include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Dee Dee Ramone, and Bob Dylan. Hendrix is my all-time favorite because of his influence on how we play electric guitar.”
“The most striking feature of the Hotel Chelsea would have to be the fact that every room is completely sound proof,” said Madison Burton. “Also, the exterior is striking. The exterior is Gothic Revival and Queen Anne Style, making it look like a royal building.”