Morton F. Plant House

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Morton F. Plant House on 52nd Street and Fifth Avenue

Morton F. Plant House may refer to either of two mansions on Fifth Avenue in New York City built for Morton F. Plant. The first, at 52nd Street, was completed in 1905 and is now also known as the Cartier Building.[1] The second, at 86th Street, was built in 1916 and is now demolished.[2]

1905 building[edit]

The 1905 Neo-Renaissance mansion of Morton Freeman Plant (son of railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant) was designed by the architect Robert W. Gibson. By 1916 Plant felt the area was becoming too commercial and decided to move further uptown. Cartier SA acquired the mansion from Plant in 1917, in exchange for $100 in cash and a Cartier double-stranded necklace of 128 flawlessly matched natural pearls valued at the time at $1 million.[3] Soon Kokichi Mikimoto's cultured pearls came on the market, and after Mrs Plant, now Mrs John Rovensky, died in 1956 the Cartier necklace of pearls fetched just $150,000.[4]

1916 building[edit]

The second Plant mansion, on the northeast corner of 86th Street, was designed by Guy Lowell and built in 1916. It was Lowell's interpretation of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. Plant died of pneumonia in 1918 and his widow, Mae, married Col. William Hayward. She died in 1956 and the house was torn down soon after.[2]


  1. ^ Kathrens, Michael C. (2005). Great Houses of New York, 1880-1930. New York: Acanthus Press. p. 161. ISBN 978-0-926494-34-3. 
  2. ^ a b Kathrens, Michael C. (2005). Great Houses of New York, 1880-1930. New York: Acanthus Press. p. 287. ISBN 978-0-926494-34-3. 
  3. ^ Dunlap, David (2000-04-26). "Commercial Real Estate; Cartier Spruces Up to Show Off Its Jewels in Style". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 
  4. ^ Daytonian in Manhattan: :The House that a Necklace Bought: The Morton Plant Mansion ", 28 May 2010: accessed 21 November 2014.

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 40°45′34.3″N 73°58′34″W / 40.759528°N 73.97611°W / 40.759528; -73.97611