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Americas Society

Formerly Percy Rivington Pyne House

 

— New York City Designated Landmark —

 
Americas Society plaque image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 15, 2015
1. Americas Society plaque
Inscription.  
This Neo-Federal town house, built in 1909-11, was designed by McKim, Mead, and White for Percy Rivington Pyne, grandson of the noted financier, Moses Taylor. Its materials and scale established a character that was followed by the architects of all the subsequent houses on this Park Avenue blockfront. The building was occupied by the Soviet Union to the United Nations from 1948 to 1963. The generous action of the Marquesa de Cuevas, in acquiring this property in 1965 and presenting it to Americas Society, saved the building from the hands of the wrecker and assured its integrity for posterity.

Plaque provided by the New York Community Trust 1971
 
Erected 1971 by The New York Community Trust.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, Music.
 
Location. 40° 46.129′ N, 73° 57.951′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Park Avenue near East 68th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 680 Park Avenue, New York NY 10065, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue (left) image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 15, 2015
2. Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue (left)
Originally the Percy and Maude H. Pyne House, onetime USSR Delegation to the UN
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spanish Institute (a few steps from this marker); Seventh Regiment Armory (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lexington School for the Deaf (about 600 feet away); Andy Warhol (about 600 feet away); 45 East 66th Street (about 700 feet away); 130-134 East 67th Street (about 700 feet away); 131 East 66th Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lotos Club (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding Americas Society. The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
 
Also see . . .
1. The 1911 Percy Rivington Pyne House - No. 680 Park Avenue. Daytonian in Manhattan entry (Submitted on February 13, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. The Marquesa de Who?. Big Old Houses entry:
Margaret Rockefeller Strong, the Marquesa de Cuevas and 680 Park Avenue. (Submitted on February 13, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Margaret Rockefeller Strong, the Marquesa de Cuevas image. Click for full size.
via Big Old Houses, unknown
3. Margaret Rockefeller Strong, the Marquesa de Cuevas
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 13, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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