New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Cultural Services of The French Embassy
Formerly the Payne Whitney House
—New York City Designated Landmark —
This mansion was designed in the style of the high Italian Renaissance by McKim, Mead & White. It was erected in 1902-1906 for financier, philanthropist, and sportsman Payne Whitney and his wife Helen, a poet and patron of the arts who lived in the house until her death in 1944. Whitney had been given the land by his uncle Oliver Payne, who was an officer in the Civil War and the benefactor instrumental in establishing the Cornell University Medical College. Since 1952, the building has served as a division of the French Embassy. It was restored in 1987, uncovering a stained-glass window especially designed for the house by John La Farge.
New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation
Erected 1989 by New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
Location. 40° 46.585′ N, 73° 57.84′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and East 78th Street, on the left when traveling south on Fifth Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 972-3 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10075, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Upper East Side Historic District (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Metropolitan Museum of Art Pale Male (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kerbs Memorial Boathouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Central Park's Ancient Egyptian Obelisk (approx. ¼ mile away); Cleopatra’s Needle (approx. ¼ mile away); Jerome Robbins (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ada Louise Huxtable (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Regarding Cultural Services of The French Embassy. The building is listed in the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition.
Categories. • Architecture •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on December 8, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.