The entrance of a Manhattan apartment where Welsh poet Dylan Thomas fell into a coma before he died may soon become part of a stairwell in a refurbished historic building.

That’s according to Thomas fans who issued an urgent appeal Thursday to try to save the apartment in Manhattan’s famed Hotel Chelsea where he stayed during U.S. visits.

Four days before his death in 1953, the poet fell into a coma there after a drinking binge at a Greenwich Village tavern.

Artie Nash occupies the apartment, where he says visitors pay homage to Thomas. Nash is battling a developer renovating the 19th century building to turn it into a hotel.

A spokeswoman for the Chelsea Hotels company that owns the property says the majority of long-term tenants will be staying.

Tags: landmarks, nyc
Photo Credit: Exterior of the landmark Chelsea Hotel. Robyn Lee / Flickr