Murray Hill in Manhattan in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Murray Hill Historic District
New York Landmark Preservation Foundation
The Murray Hill Historic District takes its name from the eighteenth-century estate of merchant Robert Murray and his wife Mary Murray. Speculative real estate development in the neighborhood grew in the 1850s after the creation of a grassy mall on Fourth Avenue (later named Park Avenue) over the New York and Harlem Railroad track tunnel. The area became a fashionable district of Italianate brownstones in the 1860s, attracting residents such as Civil War hero Rear Admiral David Farragut.
At the turn of the twentieth century, more affluent residents moved into the area and hired prominent architects such as McKim, Mead & White, Carrere & Hastings, and Delano & Aldrich to alter existing buildings or create imposing new Beaux Arts rowhouses such as the elaborate Lanier House. Residents during this period included Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Architect William A. Delano.
The neighborhood’s subsequent phase of development occurred in the 1930s, when residential apartment buildings were constructed. The tree-lined streets of Murray Hill continues to retain their remarkable low scale and residential character.
Erected by New York Landmark Preservation Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture.
Location. 40° 44.915′ N, 73° 58.734′ W. Marker is in Manhattan, New York, in New York County. It is in Murray Hill. Marker is on East 37th Street west of Lexington Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 E 37th St, New York NY 10016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Light (within shouting distance of this marker); John Paul II House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mary Lindley Murray (about 300 feet away); 67 Park Avenue (about 400 feet away); The Union League Club (about 500 feet away); 152 East 38th Street (about 500 feet away); Jessica Tandy / Hume Cronyn (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manhattan.
Regarding Murray Hill Historic District. The district is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
Also see . . .
1. Murray Hill, Manhattan. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on October 10, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Murray Hill Historic District Designation Report, NYCLPF, 2002. (Submitted on October 10, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
3. The David G. Farragut House - 113 East 36th Street. Daytonian in Manhattan entry (Submitted on October 10, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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