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1025 Park Avenue

 
 
1025 Park Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
1. 1025 Park Avenue Marker
Inscription.  This elegant house was completed in 1912 by John Russell Pope in the style of an early 17th Century Jacobean Manor for the well-known composer of light opera and popular music, Reginald DeKoven, and his wife, Anna. DeKoven composed the light opera Robin Hood in 1890, which contained the song "O Promise Me". He also helped build the Lyric Theater on West 42nd Street.

New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation
1989

 
Erected 1989 by New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
 
Location. 40° 46.78′ N, 73° 57.437′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Park Avenue north of East 85th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1025 Park Avenue, New York NY 10028, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lewis Gouverneur and Nathalie Bailey Morris House (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Hill 9/11 Memorial (within shouting
1025 Park Avenue Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
2. 1025 Park Avenue Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here mounted to the building, just to the left of the entryway.
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distance of this marker); Park Avenue Christian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Church of St. Ignatius Loyola (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Regis High School (about 500 feet away); Ada Louise Huxtable (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hardenbergh/Rhinelander Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jerome Robbins (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding 1025 Park Avenue. The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
 
Also see . . .
1. Reginald DeKoven Biography (AllMusic.com). ...Important though he was as a composer of music for the American theatre, DeKoven’s work was subsequently overshadowed by his successors who wrote in a new style. Few of his operas and operettas have been revived and his reputation rests on the considerable success he enjoyed in his lifetime. Curiously, and almost without parallel before or since, a song written by DeKoven with Clement Scott for Robin Hood, found favour in the sacred
Originally the Reginald and Anna DeKoven House, 1025 Park Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 25, 2019
3. Originally the Reginald and Anna DeKoven House, 1025 Park Avenue
world. This song, ‘Oh, Promise Me’, has continued to be performed throughout America and the UK, often in churches with perhaps most of its performers and admirers unaware of its secular origins. Oddly, and a mite awkwardly and unsuitably, DeKoven’s name also lives on in the lyric of a Hoagy Carmichael song, ‘The Old Music Master’, wherein it is rhymed with Beethoven. In addition to his operettas, DeKoven also composed piano sonatas and other classical works, and was founder and first conductor of the Washington DC Symphony Orchestra.
(Submitted on October 12, 2016.) 

2. Jan Peerce Sings Reginald de Koven's "Oh Promise Me." (Youtube.com, 3 mins.). (Submitted on October 12, 2016.)
3. A Look Inside 1025 Park Avenue (Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2015, 9 pictures). (Submitted on October 12, 2016.)
4. The 1912 DeKoven Mansion - No. 1025 Park Avenue. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on March 9, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Reginald DeKoven image. Click for full size.
By Clinedinst, 1904
4. Reginald DeKoven
Photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on February 15, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   4. submitted on October 12, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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