National Arts Club
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Calvert Vaux, 1884

In 1906, when the Club outgrew its first home on 34th Street, Spencer Trask, a financier, philanthropist and NAC Governor, helped the Club acquire the historic Samuel Tilden Mansion as its new home. The Tilden Mansion occupies 14 and 15 Gramercy Park South; both houses were built in the 1840s; and the original flat-front, iron-grilled brownstones matched the style of the homes still maintained on the west side of Gramercy Park. Samuel Tilden, the 25th Governor of New York, acquired 15 Gramercy Park South in 1863, purchased the adjacent house a few years later and gave the conjoined mansions a complete redesign. Tilden hired Calvert Vaux, a famed architect and one of the designers of Central Park, to modernize the façade with sandstone, bay windows and ornamentation in the Aesthetic Movement style. John LaFarge created stained glass panels for the interior of the mansion; and sculptors from the firm of Ellin and Kitson created elaborate fireplace surrounds, bookcases and doors. Glass master Donald MacDonald fashioned a unique stained glass dome for Tilden’s library that crowns the room where the bar is now located.

Saturday Tour Info: Reservations are required for timed-entry, but there is no guided tour. Self-guided tours will last approximately 30 min.

 

Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring sites with brilliantly colored stained glass domes? You may also enjoy the East Midwood Jewish Center and the Free Synagogue of Flushing, which requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.

 

Image Credit: Joe David via Wikimedia Commons

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