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

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 part of the Convent of the Sacred Heart and is, like the Kahn Mansion, a city landmark.

The AIA refers to the house as “austere, monumental and master of the street.”  Even flanked by the Kahn Mansion and Carrere & Hastings’ spectacular design for 9 East 91st Street, directly to the east, it is hard to argue the point.

When the Carnegie Mansion is taken into consideration, this is undoubtedly the best Beaux Arts residential grouping in the city.

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