More Than Just A Name – Our History
Our unique hotel has three 18th-century Georgian buildings, 35, 36 & 37 Charlemont Street. They have been linked to our four-story newly built hotel by a glass atrium. Number 35 & 36 have been combined and are now referred to as Number 36. Number 35 was the birthplace of the great Irish-American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Saint-Gaudens is famous for many extraordinary public monuments in America and for designing the coin regarded as the most beautiful in the American coinage – the Double Eagle. We buried one of his coins in our time capsule.
Gaudens was also designer of the Parnell Monument and there is a wonderfully rich story behind the design and erection of this monument. When Saint-Gaudens was commissioned to do the work, he went to great efforts and was very taken by the fact that it was for the city where he was born. Although he never returned to Ireland he did plan to attend the erection of the monument and to personally install the torch on its top.
Americans regard him as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo.
Saint Gaudens was well documented in saying, ‘what garlic is to salad insanity is to art’ after discovering the quote we felt it fitting that our Restaurant should be named after him. So, we now have Gaudens Restaurant, with the Gaudens logo inspired by his famous Diana sculpture.