The Murray Hill Neighborhood / Historic District Walking Tour
Architecture -- History -- Interesting Pictures and Stories
A Walking Tour or Slide Show of the Past and the Present
Both, the walking tour or the slideshow, each focuses on the history and architecture of the
neighborhood known as Murray Hill from its colonial days,
to the gilded age, to
the present along with interesting pictures & stories that help join us with
the neighborhood's past.
On the walking tour we will walk through the Murray Hill Historic District, the Sniffen Court Historic District & the surrounding neighborhood.
Each walking tour participant is given an itinerary & each stop is fully discussed.
For the 2½ hour tour with 28 stops that include 15 New York City Landmarks and 8 National Landmarks.
For the 3½ hour tour with 34 stops that include 20 New York City Landmarks and 10 National Landmarks.
The Slideshow is about 1½ hours & includes all the information on the 2½ walking tour.
Highlights on the 2½ hour tour are:
Optional, 2 landmark retail buildings from the turn of last century:
- The plaque that commemorates Mary Lindley Murray & the site of Robert Murray's farm along with the story of that explains
why the Murray Hill farm is so closely associated with the American Revolution
- The Estonian House and the story about its previous owner
- The New York New Church
- The Union League Club
- The site & a picture of the Havemeyer Mansion & part of its interior (1 of many Murray Hill mansions in the Gilded Age)
- The Armenian Orthodox Cathedral of America - 23 Karat Gold Leaf Dome
- The statue of "Christ" that looks a bit different
- An Abstract Expressionist sculpture "Decent From the Cross" inspired by Peter Paul Ruben's Baroque drama "Rising the Cross"
- The Empire State Building, who built it, why it was built so tall and what was here before?
- J.P. Morgan Library & one of the last free standing italianate styled mansions in Manhattan
- originally: the James F. D. Lanier Mansion
- Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt's first home together
- Admiral David G. Farragut's home - "Dam the torpedoes, full speed ahead"
- Admiral Matthew Perry lived here - Abraham Lincoln's granddaughter lived here
- "The Collector's Club" originally: The Fanny and Thomas Clark Residence
- originally: The J. Hampton Robb Mansion
- Some Manhattan "brownstones" - What are they? Why were they so popular? When were most of them built & who were they built for?
- Sniffen Court Historic District
- Where "The Lunts" - lived Dashiell Hammett lived here
- the site where Guston Borglum had his studio
- An American Polo Champion lived here
- originally Adelaide L. T. Douglas Manion
- originally the Raphael De Lamare Mansion
The Tiffany'Co. Building from 1906
- the Stewart Co. Store Building from 1914plus the site of Mark Twain's Funeral in 1910 at the Brick Presbyterian Church (demolihed)
& a 16 story skyscraper with Streamline neo-Gothic decorations that includes grotesque Atlantes & simulated buttresses.
Extended 3½ hour tour includes:
- The Marble Collegiate Church, Norman Vincent Peal
- originally: The Wilbraham Hotel, bachelor flats for professional men opened 1890 with bathrooms
but no kitchens (added 1930's) & a dining room on the top floor. Romanesque Revival - some called it Belle Epoque
- Church of the Transfiguration, (The Actor’s Chapel / The Little Church Around the Corner)
- American Academy of Dramatic Arts originally: The Colony Club,
- Gilbert Kiame House also known as: The Grolier Club
- originally The Vanderbilt Hotel and the "Della Robbin Bar & Grill (The Crypt)
About two and a half hours long or a extended three and a half hour version
Meeting at: the Southeast corner of East 35 St. & 2nd Avenue
#1, 2, 3, or A, C, E to Penn Station (W. 34 St.) or N, R,
B, D, F to West 34 St. & 6 Avenue (M34 Bus to 1st Ave.)
The walking tour & the slideshow are given by Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an author, an
informative native New Yorker & a
Interested in a Private Walking Tour or Slide Show? ?
licensed New York City guide with over 27 years experience researching creating & leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
He wrote 4 Manhattan guide books published by The History Press
"Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill" "Exploring New York's SoHo" "Exploring the Original West Village" "Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square"
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