Percy R. Pyne House

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Percy Rivington Pyne House on the corner of Park Avenue and 68th Street

The Percy R. Pyne House (also known as the Percy Rivington Pyne House and Percy & Maud H. Pyne House) is a neo-Federal townhouse at 680 Park Avenue, located at the corner of Park Avenue and 68th Street in Manhattan.

Today the Americas Society uses the building as its New York City headquarters.

History[edit]

Designed by McKim, Mead & White for Percy Rivington Pyne, grandson of the noted financier Moses Taylor, it was built in 1909-11.

Its materials and scale established a character that was followed by the architects of all the subsequent houses on this Park Avenue blockfront. The building was occupied by the Soviet Mission to the United Nations from 1948 to 1963. The generous actions of the Margaret Rockefeller Strong de Larraín, Marquesa de Cuevas, in acquiring the property in 1965 and presenting it to the Americas Society, saved the building from destruction.

Together with the buildings of the neighboring Oliver D. Filley House (now the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute) at 684 Park Avenue and the Henry P. Davison House (now the Italian Consulate General) at 690 Park Avenue, it forms one of the last intact architectural ensembles on Park Avenue.

The building was designated as a New York City landmark by the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission on November 10, 1970. A landmark plaque was provided by the New York Community Trust in 1971.

External links[edit]

Media related to Percy R. Pyne House at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 40°46′05″N 73°57′54″W / 40.768°N 73.965°W / 40.768; -73.965