Original front entrance. Image via City Parks Foundation
Gracie Mansion, New York’s own White House, is most known for being the residence of the Mayor of New York City. But before Mayor La Guardia moved in, the house had been through its own history. The house changed hands multiple times creating a colorful history since its construction in 1799. Not only that, but the piece of land it stands on has its own interesting past previous to the mansion being built. Here are 10 fun facts about Gracie Mansion located in the Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that we learned on a recent tour.
10. It was the First Home of the Museum of the City of New York
An exhibit on old New York costumes by the MCNY in 1927. Image via MCNY Blog
The building that became Gracie Mansion was appropriated by the city in 1896 and was incorporated into the 11-acre Carl Schurz Park. After decades of serving as a concession stand and restrooms for the park, in 1923 it became the first home to the Museum of the City of New York. It served as the museum’s space until January 11, 1932 when it relocated to its Fifth Avenue building. After that, the NYC Department of Parks converted it into a historic house museum.