Josephine Schmidt’s Fifth Avenue Mansion (15 Years)

A grand limestone chateau on Fifth Avenue at 62nd Street was built in 1899 for the widow of brewer August Schmidt, Josephine. The Knickerbocker Club purchased the property in 1914 for their new clubhouse and the French chateau-style mansion was demolished only fifteen years after it was built.

William A. Clark House (Less than 20 Years)

Photo from Library of Congress

This French-inspired mansion was built somewhere between 1907 and 1911 at a cost of $7 million. It took 13 years to complete, and was demolished less than 20 years later after it was sold to developers after the death of William A. Clark. The interiors were spectacular, as you can see from the photographs on The Gilded Age Era.