6. Samuel Tilden’s Mansion, 15 Gramercy Park S.

Samuel Tilden Mansion, one of the former Gilded Age mansions of nYC

Former Governor of New York, Samuel Tilden, had this Greek Revival townhouse on Gramercy Park built in 1845. It is actually made up of two adjacent townhouses that Tilden had architects Calvert Vaux (of Central Park fame) and John LaFarge combine into one massive home. Since 1906, Tilden’s mansion has been home to the National Arts Club, a social club with a mission to “stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts and educate the American people in the fine arts.” Presidents, artists, and architects are on the Club’s roster. While the dining room, parlors, and bar are only open to members and guests of members, anyone is welcome to attend the Club’s many free events that are open to the public for a peek inside. While currently closed for the months of July and August, the Club will reopen for its 125th anniversary season on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.