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Gershwin Family Residence
George Gershwin - composer and Ira Gershwin - lyricist created many memorable works here.
By Larry Gertner, March 27, 2013
1. Gershwin Family Residence Marker
102 and 103 Streets Block Association
June 19, 1982
Erected 1982 by 102 and 103 Streets Block Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment.
Location. 40° 48.007′ N, 73° 58.255′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 103rd Street when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 316 West 103rd Street, New York NY 10025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Humphrey DeForest Bogart (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shinran Shonin (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Shinran Shonin (about 600 feet away); Riverside Drive West 105th Street Historic District (about 700 feet away); Firemen’s Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franz Sigel Statue (approx. 0.2 miles away);
a different marker also named Firemen’s Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fire Horses (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
By Larry Gertner, March 27, 2013
2. Gershwin Family Residence
316 West 103rd Street, New York, NY.
In 1947, the building was converted to apartments. The stoop was removed and the entrance relocated.
Also see . . .
1. George & Ira Gershwin. (Submitted on August 29, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. The Gershwin House -- No. 316 West 103rd Street. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on April 10, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
This 1934 self-portrait of George Gershwin (1898-1937) hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
“In 1916 Jacob Gershvin, born of Russian Jewish immigrants, published, on Sophie Tucker's recommendation, 'When You Want 'Em, You Can't Get'Em When You've Got 'Em, You Don't Want 'Em,' earning him five dollars. From such inauspicious beginnings came George Gershwin, one of the great American composers of the twentieth century. Initially drawn to stage musicals, Gershwin had several Broadway hits in the 1920s, most notably Lady Be Good with his brother Ira. His style evolved from hits like 'Swanee' to sophisticated ballads like 'Someone to Watch Over Me' and 'The Man I Love.' Gershwin experimented with placing jazz in a symphonic form with Rhapsody in Blue, opening to mixed reviews but thrilling audiences since its debut in 1924. His 1928 An American in Paris remains
a classic. Porgy and Bess (1935), 'an American folk opera,' broke new ground in musical and social terms. Gershwin's music remains immensely popular,a major fixture of the American songbook.” — National Portrait Gallery
4. Left side: George Gershwin (Jacob Gershwine) / Ira Gershwin (Israel Gershowitz)
George Gershwin photo courtesy Carl Van Vechten. (1937)
Publicity Photo via Wikipedia Commons, 1935
5. George Gershwin, Composer
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 406 times since then and 35 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week February 12, 2017. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 3. submitted on February 12, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4. submitted on August 29, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 5. submitted on February 11, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.