Just Off Fifth: 9 East 91st Street, the John H. Hammond House

9 East 91st Street

The third of the three remarkable large-scale freestanding houses to line the north-side block of East 91st Street between Fifth and Madison, 9 East 91st Street was designed in 1903 by Carrere & Hastings for banker John H. Hammond, whose sister-in-law was Mrs. Burden, owner of the house next door at 5 East 91st.  Called… Continue reading

The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street

The Frick Collection

One of the city’s outstanding museums and one of the best such collections of its size in the world, the Frick Collection is housed in the former residence of Henry Clay Frick. A melding of French and English Neo-Classical influences, the mansion was designed by the architectural firm of Carrere & Hastings, whose best-known work… Continue reading

Just Off Fifth: Bryant Park

Bryant Park

One of the best urban parks in the US and thought to be the most heavily used such park in the world, Bryant Park first opened to the public in 1847 as Reservoir Square, a public garden adjacent to the immense Croton Distributing Reservoir.  The site of the 1853 New York Crystal Palace Exhibition of… Continue reading

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