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You can choose a special tour that focuses exclusively on the public art in Midtown. Works by such well known artist as:
All Tours Guided by Alfred
Pommer, college graduate, an informative native New Yorker and a licensed New York City guide,
Frank Steller, Jean Dubuffet, Fernand Leger, Robert Cook, Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Stuart Davis, Luis Sanguino, Michael Heizer, and others.
Click for a special: "Midtown Art on Display Walking Tour"
or "A Walking Tour of Rockefeller Center's Public Art Display"
with over 27 years experience
researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
Alfred Pommer is the author of 4 Manhattan armchair guide books: "Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square" 2015,
"Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill" 2013, "Exploring New York's SoHo" 2012 &, "Exploring The Original West Village" 2011
All published by the History Press (http://historypress.net) and Arcadia Publications (www.arcadiapublishing.com)
And are available at local book stores, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, from The History Press, Arcadia Publications, & from Alfred Pommer.
This is a link to Alfred Pommer's author page at amazon.com
The Vanderbilt Row & Other 19th Century Mansions Walking Tour
Architecture -- History -- Interesting Pictures and Stories
A Walking Tour of the Past and the Present
The walking tour is about 2½ to 3 hours long or a 3 to 3½ hour version
Each participant is given an itinerary:
The 2½ to 3 hour tour has 21 stops which include 17 New York City landmarks and 6 national landmarks
The 3 hour to 3½ hour tour has 26 stops which include 19 New York City landmarks and 6 national landmarks
The charge for the 2½ a half hour tour to 3 hour tour is $150.
The charge for the 3 hour to 3½ hour tour is $180. - All stops are fully discussed.
The prosperity generated in New York by the dramatic technological advances (the telephone, electric lights, the safety elevator, skyscrapers, the early automobile and more) and the infrastructure development (Croton Reservoir, rapid transit, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Depot) encouraged the explosive growth that included new institutions such as: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, The Lenox Library, the New YorK Public Library and others along with the luxurious private mansions came opulent theaters, opera houses and restaurants. The grandeur and size of New York city escalated into what became known as The Gilded Age (a period that started at the end of the Civil War and lasted in to the turn of the 20th century). This era created a unprecedented number of large individual fortunes that may well have been symbolized by the mansions appearing on 5th Ave. at the turn of the 20th century. "Vanderbilt Row" was an excellent example / symbol of the Gilded Age, It consisted of consisted of 10 Vanderbilt mansions on 5th Ave that mingled with the mansions of other wealthy New Yorkers from W. 51 St. to W. 58 St.
Also on 5th Ave. there was "Marble Row" between E. 57 St. & E. 58 St. and Mansard Row" between E. 55 St. & E. 56 St.
These mansions were demolished but as we walk through the area we will see many existing buildings that started as mansions of other prominent and wealthy New Yorkers of the era - also I will point out the sites of a number of demolished mansions of the past - show pictures of what they looked like and discuss some related information about the mansions and their owners.
We will pass the sites of:
All (except for 7) of the below listed stops are survivors from the Gilded Age on / or near 5th Ave. and Vanderbilt Row.
- The Cornelius Vanderbilt II Stable and see what it looked like in 1880
- Cornelius Vanderbilt II Mansion built 1880
- Marble Row built 1869
- Colin P. Huntington Mansion
- L. P. Hollander &: Co. Building
- Theodore Roosevelt Sr. House
- Dr. Theodore Thomas House
- The first Plaza Hotel from 1889
- Mansard Row built 1870
- John D. Rockefeller's first and only mansion in New York City
- Hamilton & Florence (Vanderbilt) Twombly Mansion and the William & Eliza (Vanderbilt) Webb Mansion
- William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Mansion and William K. Vanderbilt Sr. Mansion
- William Henry Vanderbilt built: the 'Brownstone Twins" also known as "The Triple Palace" actually three mansions
- Madame Restell's (Mrs. Anne Lohman also call: Madame Killer) Mansion
All the structures listed below are still there and make up the bulk of the tour
This 2½ to 3 hour Walking Tour Features Present Day Survivors of the Past:
The 3 to 3½ Hour Version Includes:
- Several Landmark Turn of the Last Century Mansions on one block (designed by such well kown turn of last centruy archtitects as:
Stanford White, John Ducan, Henry J. Hardenbergh, Robert H. Roberson)
- Several Windows designed by Rene Laique, an internationally acclaimed French craftsman
- The landmark Plaza Hotel
- A beautiful Art Deco mural of Manhattan Island, from 1930
- The University Club a nice landmark example of the "Palace Style"
- The Crown Building, a historically decorated skyscraper with Art Deco set backs
- St. Thomas Church, a unique altar and a famous Baroque painting from 1620
- originally: Harry B. Hollis Mansion
- originally: Birdsall Otis Edey Mansion
- originally: William H. Moore Mansion
- originally: George W. Vanderbilt Townhouse once part of "The Marble Twins"
- Aeolian Bldg., a Classical styled office bldg with French Renaissance details. by Warren & Wetmore
- Rockefeller Apartment Bldg. an example of European Modern from 1938
- originally: Morton & Nelie Plant Mansion, given away for a string of pearls
- 5th Ave. Presbyterian Church from 1875
- The landmark Henry Villard Houses
- The Look Building, probably the best of the tasteless white brick towers of the 1950's
- originally: The Vanderbilt Guest House
- Olympic Tower and replicas of the Parthenon
Meet at: Northeast corner of E. 58 St. and Madison Ave.
- Edith A. Logan Townhouse, remodeled 1904
- E. Hayward Ferry Townhouse, remodeled 1907
- Henry Seligman Townhouse, 1901
- Dr. William Morton Townhouse from 1882
- originally: John Pierce Mansion
#4, #5, or #6 train to East 59 St. & Lexington Ave. or the E or V Train to Lexington Ave. (53 St.) or R Train to 59 St. & 5th Ave.
All Tours Guided by Alfred
Pommer, college graduate, an informative native New Yorker, a licensed New York City guide,Interested in a Private Walking Tour" ?
and an author of four Manhattan guide books with over 27 years experience researching, creating and leading walking tours
in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods. This is a link to Alfred Pommer's author page at amazon.com
Call: (212) 979-2388 for details
Or E Mail Me