Usually off-limit to the public, the American Irish Historical Society is opening its doors to Untapped Cities. The center of Irish culture and knowledge, located on Manhattan’s Museum Mile, was built in 1901. The five story Beaux-Arts townhouse was a private home before it was purchased by the Society in 1939, and it currently stands as one of the last standing mansions on Fifth Avenue. Today, the Society hosts a variety of public events such as concerts, lectures and poetry readings. With a library that holds over 10,000 volumes, it is home to one of the largest private collections of Irish and American Irish history and literature in the United States.
- Discover the historic townhouse and its previous residents
- Learn about the history of the Irish in America and what led to the founding members establishing the Society in 1897
- See highlights of the library and archives, by such artists as Nathaniel Hone the Younger and George (A.E.) Russell, on full display
What to know: The tour is approximately one-hour long.
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes
Here are a few more pictures of the Mansion: