American Irish Historical Society Lists Rare Gilded Age Mansion in Manhattan

In New York City, an address on the Upper East Side is amongst the most prestigious possessions. For that address to be on Fifth Avenue and an original Gilded Age mansion seems almost too good to be true. But the American Irish Historical Society listed their longtime headquarters this week and it offers exactly that. One of the last Gilded Age mansions in Manhattan, it sits in a coveted location across the street from Central Park. The townhouse born in an opulent era asks a gilded $52 million.

Facing the park as it does, 991 Fifth Avenue basks in the abundant natural light brought by its rare East/West orientation. James R. Turner and William G. Killian designed the structure and it was built between 1900 and 1901 as part of a block that included mansions created for Frank W. Woolworth, but it is the last of its kind standing. And, it has only had four owners.

Mary Augustus King, the daughter of a former New York governor, was the first to call it home. But by 1906, the deed had changed hands to banker David Crawford Clark. Clark recruited Edith Wharton-collaborator Ogden Codman, Jr. to revamp the home’s interiors. Then, he passed the grand residence on to its third owner, president of the Carnegie Steel Corporation, William Ellis Corey. The line of succession ends with the American Irish Historical Society, who acquired and transformed the residence into their headquarters and library in 1939. Approximately 10,000 books have found their homes on the shelves, plus letters from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, vinyl records, and more.

Easily convertible back into a single-family residence for the lucky fifth owner, this rare listing is held by Paula Del Nunzio of Brown Harris Stevens. Although, the Irish Central reports that the NYC Irish Consulate is hoping that the AIHS will reconsider the decision to sell.