By Carter B. Horsley
An January 27, 2021 article by Dana
Schutz at 6sqft.com noted that "Located right across from Central Park
and the Met, the Beaux-Arts beauty at 991 Fifth Avenue was built in
1901 and has had only
four owners since then."
"Today owned by the American Irish
Historical Society, the home’s
interior is almost entirely intact, full of carved plasterwork and
marble fireplace mantles, stately columns, and leaded-glass windows."
The article said it was being offered
for sale by the Society for $52 million.
"The architects had been commissioned
by Mary Augusta King,
daughter of former New York Governor John A. King and widow of John
had extensive real estate holdings in New York
and Newport. He
left Mary a $5 million estate, the equivalent of roughly $113 million
according to Daytonian in Manhattan.
Mary died in 1905, and the following year, David Crawford
Clark, a founder of the banking firm Clark Dodge & Company, moved
1911, he commissioned pioneering Beaux-Arts architect and decorator
Codman, Jr. to redesign the interiors. Ogden
was well known for co-authoring with Edith Wharton The Decoration of Houses in
1897, which became the go-to source for high-end interior design.
"The home was then sold again in 1918,
this time to William
Ellis Corey, president of Carnegie Steel and the United States Steel
Corporation. He had a scandalous marriage to musical comedy star
Gilman, as Daytonian tells us, and when she divorced him in 1923, he
alone in the large house until his death in 1934.
"The current owner, the American Irish
bought the mansion in 1939 from Corey’s son."
The article said that the building has
a library of about 10,000 volumes and "letters from the
White House from Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was a member of the
Society, adding that "In 2006, the Society hired preservation architect
Pell Lombardi to upgrade and restore the mansion, referring to the
drawings of Ogden Codman, Jr."
Listing agent Paula Del Nunzio of Brown Harris Stevens
told The Wall Street Journal
that the building could easily be converted back to a
“The materials with which it’s made are basically no longer available,”