The William T. Stead Memorial, Central Park at 91st Street

William T. Stead Memorial

The William T. Stead Memorial, dedicated to the British journalist William T. Stead, is a replica of the London original by British artist George James Frampton, which was set into a wall of the Embankment Promenade facing the Thames.  Stead, a well-known writer who founded the Review of Reviews in 1890, perished aboard the Titanic… Continue reading

1048 Fifth Avenue, The Neue Galerie

1048 Fifth Avenue

Called “one of the finest mansions on Fifth Avenue” by the New York Landmarks Commission, 1048 Fifth Avenue was designed by Carrere & Hastings, the architects of the New York Public Library at Fifth & 42nd Street, among other major buildings.  Built for William Starr Miller, the house was later purchased by Grace Wilson Vanderbilt,… Continue reading

Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza is an open space carved partially out of the southeastern-most corner of Central Park and stretching from 58th Street to 60th Street and bisected by 59th Street.  Designed by Carrere & Hastings and completed in 1916, the park gives its name to both the Plaza District and the renowned Plaza Hotel that… Continue reading

554 Fifth Avenue & 556 Fifth Avenue

554 Fifth Avenue & 556 Fifth Avenue

One of the most bizarre architectural remnants of Gilded Age New York, 556 Fifth Avenue was constructed in 1912 to designs by New York Public Library architects Carrere & Hastings for the prestigious Knoedler Gallery, one of city’s oldest such institutions. Acquired by the Philippines government after Knoedler moved further uptown, in 1974 the façade… Continue reading

The New York Public Library, Main Branch

The New York Public Library

A major work of the American Beaux Arts and the largest marble building in the US at the time of its completion, the Main Branch of the New York Public Library was built in 1898 through 1911 to designs by Carrere & Hastings, with the sculptor Frederick MacMonnies overseeing the sculptural program.  The imposing façade,… Continue reading

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