1048 Fifth Avenue, The Neue Galerie

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

1028 Fifth Avenue

The most architecturally distinguished of the three houses that now make up the Marymount School, 1028 Fifth Avenue was designed by C.P.H. Gilbert in 1903 for the aristocratic Thorne Family, whose country seat in Millbrook, NY, is one of the most historic such properties in the Hudson River Valley. 1028 Fifth Avenue is a rather… Continue reading

1027 Fifth Avenue

The more refined of the two speculative houses built for developer Ben Williams by Goldsmith & Van Vleck in 1903, 1027 Fifth Avenue is now also part of the Marymount School. The grand interiors, rather more lavish than those in the house to the south, are largely intact.

1026 Fifth Avenue

One of two neighboring mansions by Goldsmith & Van Vleck, 1026 Fifth Avenue was designed as a speculative house in 1903 for developer Ben Williams.  A handsome essay in French Beaux Arts, it is now part of the Marymount School. Goldsmith & Van Vleck were a little-known and short-lived architectural firm whose work was highly… Continue reading

1009 Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue’s most aggressive surviving mansion, 1009 Fifth Avenue was built as one of a quartet of similar homes (the two others that also fronted Fifth were removed for the construction of 1001 Fifth Avenue).  A frankly speculative project, the heaping of details by architects Welch, Smith & Provot strain against the boundaries of good… Continue reading