The Richard Morris Hunt Memorial

Standing across the street from the Frick Collection, the 1898 Richard Morris Hunt Memorial pays tribute to the leading New York City architect of its day, whose numerous mansion designs for the Vanderbilt Family and others once lined Fifth Avenue.  Inventor of the Chateau Revival style, also known satirically as “Vanderbilt Gothic”, Hunt also was… Continue reading

The 107th Infantry Memorial

Charging down the length of East 67th Street, the 107th Infantry Memorial commemorates the members of the 107th New York Infantry Regiment, famed as the “silk stockings” regiment and mustered largely from the blue-blooded sons of the district’s leading citizens.  Better known for their lavish Victorian lair on Park Avenue, home to some of Louis… Continue reading

Patience and Fortitude

As our 250th post on “Every Building on Fifth” we visit two of the most immediately recognizable and beloved works of public art in the city. Officially named “Leo Astor” and “Leo Lennox” to honor two of the original major patrons of the New York Public Library’s collections, the pair of stone lions that guard… Continue reading

The Worth Memorial

Located on a rather bald-looking triangle bordered by Fifth Avenue, Broadway, 24th and 25th Streets directly adjacent to Madison Square, the Worth Memorial is the district’s first and oldest monument and the second oldest public monument in the city.  Erected to the memory of Major-General William Jenkins Worth (1794-1857), active in both the Seminole and… Continue reading