Thursday, January 12, 2012

The New York Yacht Club

The New York Yacht Club designed by Warren & Wetmore c. 1899 at 37 West 44th Street in New York City. Founded in 1844, members of the club spent much of their time racing yachts for prize money. This eventually gave way to the 'America's Cup Race', named after the America, a schooner owned by a number of NYYC members which won the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1851. The trophy was transferred to the club and became the prize for the America's Cup regatta. The New York Yacht Club held the trophy for 132 years until defeat in 1983 lost the cup to Australia. Click HERE for more on the New York Yacht Club and HERE to read Christopher Gray's Streetscapes article on the building. Click HERE to see the New York Yacht Club on google street view. In my humble opinion this is one of the coolest buildings in the city (even though I've never been inside).





Photos from Architects' and Builders' Magazine, 1901.

7 comments:

archibuff said...

This is one of the coolest buildings in NYC for sure. Incredible interpretation of ship details throughout the club make for an amazingly inspired work of architecture. The building is also located on one of the best blocks for architecture with historic hotels and other club facilities lending a very dignified atmosphere to the streetscape.

The Ancient said...

Interior views:

http://www.nyyc.org/clubhouse/

The restoration of the pergola made a great improvement to the exterior.

Zach said...

It took me 6 hours to realize I had posted two of the same photo of the Grill Room. Oops.

The Devoted Classicist said...

Aren't the bay windows terrific? Rarely there is an event there that non-members can attend; next time I hear of one, I'll let you know.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Inside and out, this is just one of the great and entertaining buildings of its era. I never get tired of it. Warren and Wetmore knew how to color outside the lines.

Anonymous said...

Ancient...thank you for the link...this place is amazing!

Kirk said...

I have had the pleasure of going to a dinner at this club inside the model room. Incredible place and amazing history for anyone interested in racing sailboats. I have been racing for over 40 years and my friend and captian of the boat we sail works for a shipping company and invited me to the dinner. I spent most of the night walking around looking at evrything I could. Amazing night.