New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Madison Avenue & 50th Street
McKim, Mead and White
— The Palace Hotel —
In 1882, McKim, Mead and White designed this block of six townhouses, inspired by the Palazzo Della Cancelleria in Rome, for Henry Villard and friends, prominent in publishing, railroads, finance and law. Original occupants were Artemas H. Holmes, Edward Dean Adams, Harris G. Fahnestock and Roswell Smith. In 1886, Ambassador Whitelaw Reid purchased the south wing which his family occupied until 1934. From 1946 to 1969, the north wing was occupied by Random House, publishers. The Chancery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese occupied the house from 1948 to 1971. In 1978, the houses were leased to realtor Harry B. Helmsley, for restoration, preservation and development as part of the Palace Hotel, opened in 1980.
Erected 1975 by The New York Community Trust.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Churches & Religion.
Location. 40° 45.475′ N, 73° 58.531′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison AvenueTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 457 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10022, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Papal Visits to New York City (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rockefeller Center (about 600 feet away); St. Bartholomew Church and Community House (about 600 feet away); Cartier Building (about 700 feet away); Charles Scribner's Sons Building (about 700 feet away); Fisk-Harkness House (about 800 feet away); The Seagram Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lever House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 17, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.