New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Prior to the American Revolution, this site was the entrance to Richmond Hill, the bucolic country estate of British Major Abraham Mortier. In 1776, soon after the commencement of the War of Independence, this estate became the headquarters of General George Washington. From 1789 to 1790, when New York City was our nation’s first capital, the estate was the residence of Vice President Joh Adams and his wife Abigail. Vice President Aaron Burr lived here beginning in 1794 and sold the property in haste in 1804 after the fateful duel at Weehawken, in which he mortally wounded his rival Alexander Hamilton. Here were entertained Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette and other leaders of America and Europe.
The Butterick Publishing Company erected this building as its headquarters in 1903. The architects were Horgan & Slattery, and the interior designer was Louis Tiffany.
This plaque is placed here so that future generations may know and enjoy the memory of these events in our history.
Earle W. Kazis, Ronald J. Mount and Spring and Americas Association
September 23, 1993
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 40° 43.538′ N, 74° 0.252′ W. Marker was in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker was at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Spring Street, on the left when traveling north on Sixth Avenue. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 161 Sixth Avenue, New York NY 10013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. General José Artigas Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 83,85 Sullivan Street (about 300 feet away); 116 Sullivan Street (about 400 feet away); Father Fagan Park (about 400 feet away); 203 Prince Street (about 600 feet away); The Holland Tunnel (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Holland Tunnel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Daytonian in Manhattan: The Lost 1760 Richmond Hill Mansion -- Charlton and Varick Streets. Daytonian in Manhattan entry (Submitted on January 1, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Greenwich Village – The Story Of Richmond Hill(Submitted on January 1, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 1, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.