Gargoyles in Manhattan's Flatiron District Walking Tour
We don't see them but they see us
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Gargoyles * * History * * Architecture * * Interesting Pictures & Stories

A Walking Tour of the Past and the Present

I will talk about gargoyles, their original function, types of gargoyles and legends / myths connected to gargoyles
along with New York City history, architecture and stories connected to the Flatiron District.

For the 2 hour tour each participant will get an itinerary with 22 stops with 12 New York City and 6 national landmarks
Along with the many gargoyles we will see a precious few caryatids and atlante (atlas)

Caryatids are scarce ancient female ornamentations that are sometimes taken for gargoyles.
Atlante (atlas) are a less rare male ornamentations that are sometimes mistaken for caryatids and / or gargoyles. I compare them.
I discuss each landmark building's architect, age and style. I also include interesting New York city stories such as:
the site and story of the infamous murder of Stanford White, a famous turn of the 20th century architect,
by a jealous millionaire husband (pleaded 'America dementia') of world's most beautiful woman and many more stories

This 2 hour Walking Tour of Manhattan's Past and Present Includes:
A walk through The Flatiron District. Many photographs of the far away gargoyles are shown

  • The New York Life Insurance Co. Building
  • The Metropolitan Life Tower
  • The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Sava, the Parish House and the Clergy House all destroyed in a fire
  • originally: The Scribner Building from 1894 featuring console brackets with lion head gargoyles
  • The Madison Square Building from 1912 with its neo Medieval style and atlantes
  • The block & site where Edith Wharton was born and raised
  • The Western Union Office Building Annex, Henry J. Hardenbergh
  • Find out about the Fifth Avenue Hotel, at one time New York City's most luxurious hotel, frequented by the elite
  • Find out about "Seward's Folly"
  • Sohmer Piano Co. building
  • The Goelet Building
  • originally French Flats with gargoyles & a Queen Ann facade
  • A loft building on Park Ave. South with several grotesque, winged, monster gargoyles
  • The Cross Chambers Bldg., from 1895, Belle Epoque and the site of Delmonico's
  • The site where Winston Churchill's mother was raised
  • A Beaux Arts styled court house built in 1899 with 4 beautiful caryatids "Winter" "Autumn" "Summer" "Spring"
  • Croisic Building built in 1912 has several large panther gargoyles overlooking the street
  • The first Art Nouveau memorial in America
  • Saint James Building has 5 lion head gargoyles and several grotesque gargoyles
  • The Flatiron Building has over a dozen gargoyles
  • The obelisk and grave site of Major General William J. Worth
  • The birthplace and childhood home of Teddy Roosevelt and find out about Theodate Pope Riddle and much more.
  • The old cast iron Lord & Taylor Dept. Store building from the turn of the last century's Fashion Row
  • The Warren Bldg.
  • The Spero Bldg. a warehouse with an Art Nouveau facade
  • See some of the sites listed in the novel "Time and Again":
    where Sy and Julia hid over night in Madison Square Park
  • From the novel, "The Alienist" see the site of, and picture of Delmonico's where Dr. Kreizler, John, Sara & the 2 detectives ate meals
    the site of Madison Square Gardens (a picture of it) where John took Mary Palmer for tea

Meet in front of 51 Madison Ave. between E. 26 St. & E. 27 St.

The walking tour is given by Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an author, an informative native New Yorker and a Licensed New York City Guide,
who has spent over 25 years researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
Alfred Pommer has written four Manhattan guide books published by The History Press and Arcadia Publishing
"Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square"   "Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill"   "Exploring New York's SoHo"
"Exploring the Original West Village"   This is a link to Alfred Pommer's author page at

Interested in a Private Walking Tour?
Call: (212) 979-2388 for details  or
for a publicly scheduled walking tour
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About 2½ to 3 hour or a 3½ to 4 hour version