8. Mansion of Archbishop “Dagger John” Hughes
Time is short to check out the former mansion of Archbishop “Dagger John” Hughes, who addressed the draft rioters to cease and desist from this very building in 1863. As of September 2015, the building at 218 Madison Avenue, across from the Morgan Library and Museum, was purchased and will be demolished. In its place will rise a 10-story luxury apartment building Hughes also made the plans for St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, but did not live to see the completion.
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