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Free Tours of The Plaza

Check out the landmark's restored architecture

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    The Oak Room at The Plaza is among the location guests can tour for free twice a week.

    You haven't seen The Plaza like this before.

    The grand hotel is opening up its doors twice each week for free architectural tours of its landmarked interiors.

    The new Tuesday and Saturday tours offer an up-close examination of the recent restoration of the Grand Ballroom, Palm Court, Oak Room, Oak Bar, Edwardian Room, the 59th Street lobby, the, the Terrace Room, and the Fifth Avenue lobby. Those were the spots hastily added to the protected list in 2005 as the Landmarks Preservation Commission set up ground rules for the renovations by the new owners, Elad Properties.

    "In my opinion, there may be no finer set of public rooms from their era (four of the rooms retain their 1907 design, three are from the 1920s addition to and renovation of the Plaza, and one - the Oak Bar - was added in the 1940s) in America," tour leader Francis Morrone wrote in his e-mail newsletter announcing the tour.

    Morrone, who is also the author of the books "The Architectural Guidebook to New York City" and "An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn," will lead the tours on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 3 p.m. reservations, which are required, can be made through The Plaza by calling (212) 588-8012.