17. The Irish American Historical Society, 991 5th Ave
For a cool $52 million, you can have one of your own 5th Avenue mansions! 991 Fifth Avenue, one of the last mansions of its kind, recently hit the market. Now home to Irish American Historical Society, the building was originally commissioned by Mary Augusta King, daughter of former New York Governor John A. King. King hired architects James R. Turner and William. G. Killian to design the bowed front brick and limestone structure. It was completed in 1901.
Upon Mary’s death, just four short years after the mansion was complete, it was purchased by banker David Crawford Clark, according to the Daytonian in Manhattan. Clark hired Ogden Codman, Jr. to renovate the interior spaces. The American Irish Historical Society purchased the building for just $145,000 in 1939 and has remained there ever since. When news of the sale broke in early 2021, there was an outcry in the Irish American community. Even the Irish government opposed the sale.
On Feburary 26, join Chief Experience Officer Justin Rivers and Benjamin Bergner, Program Officer at 1014 to get exclusive access to this amazing Fifth Avenue mansion. You will also get a brief preview of Untapped New York’s new public tour of the Mansions of Fifth Avenue Tour before accessing 1014. See areas of the mansion otherwise off-limits. Learn the amazing history and exciting future that awaits this Met Museum neighbor. This event is free for Untapped New York Insiders. If you’re not a member yet, join now (and get your first month free with the code JOINUS).