Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Andrew Carnegie Residence

The Andrew Carnegie residence designed by Babb, Cook & Willard c. 1901 at 2 East 91st Street in New York City. Click HERE for more and HERE to see the house on google street view. Click HERE for Christopher Gray's Streetscapes article on the residence. The house now functions as the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

Photos from Architectural Record, 1903.


archibuff said...

One of only a handful of free standing mansions still extant in NYC and today serves as an appropriate home for the Cooper-Hewitt museum. Architectural critics have not always been kind to the overall design, being too heavy handed, but the very large mansion has settled into its garden location very well and the south facade, conservatory. iron entrance canopy, interior stairhall and stained glass are just a few of the many spectacular details of this home IMO.

The Ancient said...

For NYT subscribers:


(The disposition of Carnegie's remaining assets after his death.)

The Devoted Classicist said...

I agree with Archibuff. Even with Central Park just across Fifth Avenue, the south-facing garden is an enormous asset. Stylistically, I much prefer the Otto Kahn mansion across E 91st Street, however.

The Down East Dilettante said...

As a work of architecture, not so much. Indeed it is heavy handed, the interiors likewise--but through the lens of time, it is nevertheless a magnificent spot on the street (but I'll also take the Kahn or Burden houses across the street any day.)

The Ancient said...


(Christopher Gray's most recent article on the Carnegie house and the surrounding buildings.)