Lucy Drexel Dahlgren House

Lucy Drexel Dahlgren House

Location 15 East 96th Street
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°47′13″N 73°57′15″W / 40.78694°N 73.95417°W / 40.78694; -73.95417Coordinates: 40°47′13″N 73°57′15″W / 40.78694°N 73.95417°W / 40.78694; -73.95417
Built 1915–16
Architect Ogden Codman, Jr.
Architectural style French Renaissance[1]
NRHP Reference # 89000946[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 20, 1989
Designated NYCL June 19, 1984[3]

The Lucy Drexel Dahlgren House is a historic home located at 15 East 96th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues on the border between the Carnegie Hill and East Harlem neighborhoods of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. It was built in 1915-16, and was designed by Ogden Codman, Jr.[4] in the French Renaissance Revival stye[1] for Lucy Wharton Drexel Dahlgren, a daughter of financier Joseph William Drexel.

The limestone house is a companion to Codman's own residence down the street at 7 East 96th Street, which he designed for himself and had built in 1912-13.[1][5] The AIA Guide to New York City describes the Dahlgren house as "magisterial" and "disciplined." It features "gentle restications and bas-reliefs."[1]

The extremely wealthy and socially prominent Dahlgren spent little time in the house.[5] It was later occupied for many years by Pierre Cartier, the founder of the Cartier's jewelry store.[1][3][5] Apparently, Dahlgren rented the house to Cartier from 1922 on, until she sold it to him in 1927.[3] In 1945, on his retirement, Cartier sold the house to the Roman Catholic Church of St. Francis de Sales, which used it as a convent for the nuns who taught at the church's parochial school. In 1981 the church sold the house to a private owner, who restored it.[3]

The house was designated a New York City Landmark in 1984,[3] and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[2] It is located within the Upper East Side Historic District.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot; Leadon, Fran (2010), AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.), New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780195383867, p.462
  2. 1 2 National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Mohylowski, Edward T. "Lucy D. Dahlgren House Designation Report" New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (June 19, 1984)
  4. LaFrank, Kathleen (January 1989). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Lucy Drexel Dahlgren House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-03-25. See also: "Accompanying 31 photos".
  5. 1 2 3 New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S. (text); Postal, Matthew A. (text) (2009), Postal, Matthew A., ed., Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.), New York: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1, p.186

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