Upon walking around the Murray Hill area of the city, I came across another gorgeous former mansion. I always tell you, in NYC, so good to just walk around and see what you find. I was blown away by the work on this place, and with my love for the Beaux-Arts style, not shocked that this was it's design. I find myself really drawn to these buildings, they are so opulent, we will never see this type of work again.
This is the Joseph Raphael De Lamar House, and in 1973 the Republic of Poland bought the mansion for $900,000.00 (good deal) to house it's Consulate General in New York.
One of the representative rooms with ceiling paintings and gilded stucco copyright Gryffindor Wikimedia Commons
Joseph Raphael De Lamar was a Dutch born merchant seaman who made his fortune during the California Gold Rush. The mansion is located at 233 Madison Ave at the corner of 37th Street. The mansion was built in 1902-1905, designed by C.P.H. Gilbert, who was known for his design of French Gothic Architecture.
The mansion is the largest in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan, and one of the most amazing in the city. It had me pretty speechless while I was admiring it and taking these photographs. Can you imagine living in a place like this?
The place was built to be for De Lamar's family, but he divorced soon after it was completed. He lived there with his daughter Alice, based on the 1910 census, and about 9 servants. He died 8 years later in 1918, aged 75, and left 29 million to his daughter who lived there for a short while before moving into an apartment on Park Avenue.
I love the cherubs on top of the doorway. So much detail are all over this fabulous piece of history. The De Lamar Mansion was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1975, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Jan Karski statue in front of the mansion, a famous member of Poland's World War II underground
Here is a wonderful article on the mansion from one of the BEST newspapers in the world, The New York Times STREETSCAPES which makes you ooh and ahhh even more!!
Today's Words of Wisdom: Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. Frank Gehry
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