Just Off Fifth: 5 East 91st Street, the James Burden Mansion

5 East 91st Street

A worthy neighbor to the larger Kahn Mansion at 1 East 91st Street, the James Burden Mansion at 5 East 91st Street has been called “the finest Beaux Arts townhouse in the city” by the New York Landmarks Commission.  A sumptuous yet stately 1902-1905 design by Warren & Wetmore, 5 East 91st Street is also… Continue reading

1 East 91st Street, The Otto Kahn Mansion

1 East 91st Street

Possibly the best surviving Fifth Avenue mansion, the Otto Kahn Mansion at 1 East 91st Street is certainly one of the largest, containing nearly 80 rooms.  Designed by C.P.H. Gilbert and J. Armstrong Stenhouse, the house has an archeological correctness to it that was unusual for the period.  Constructed over a four year period from… Continue reading

1071 Fifth Avenue, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

One of the last masterpieces by Frank Lloyd Wright and one of only two buildings by Wright in New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of the city’s preeminent art collections with a focus on Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Expressionist and other early Modern Art.  Founded under the auspices of the Solomon R. Guggenheim… Continue reading

2 East 88th Street

2 East 88th Street

One of the most striking of the Museum Mile’s apartment buildings, 2 East 88th Street is also one of only a handful to dispense with the Fifth Avenue address.  A severe elongated cube by Pennington & Lewis, the building is capped by a water tower that incorporates a series of stone faces straight out of… Continue reading

998 Fifth Avenue

998-fifth-avenue

The apartment building that started the shift away from single homes on Fifth Avenue, 998 Fifth Avenue was not the first nor the largest luxury apartment house in New York when it was constructed in 1910-1912 (the far larger Dakota Apartments on Central Park West was completed in 1883) but it was the first to… Continue reading

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