Schuyler Mansion

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Philip Schuyler Mansion
A two-story brick house with white window shutters, a wooden balustrade on top and an octagonal projecting front entrance pavilion, seen looking slightly upslope towards its right corner
South profile and east elevation, 2011
Schuyler Mansion is located in New York
Schuyler Mansion
Location 32 Catherine Street, Albany, New York, USA
Coordinates 42°38′23″N 73°45′38″W / 42.63972°N 73.76056°W / 42.63972; -73.76056Coordinates: 42°38′23″N 73°45′38″W / 42.63972°N 73.76056°W / 42.63972; -73.76056
Built 1761-1765
Architect John Gaborial
Architectural style Georgian
Part of South End–Groesbeckville Historic District
NRHP Reference # 67000008
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 24, 1967
Designated NHL December 24, 1967 [1]

Schuyler Mansion is a historic house at 32 Catherine Street in Albany, New York, United States. The brick mansion is now a museum and an official National Historic Landmark. It was constructed from 1761 to 1762 for Philip Schuyler, later a general in the Continental Army and early U.S. Senator, who resided there from 1763 until his death in 1804. It was declared a National Historic Landmark on December 24, 1967.[1][2][3] It is also a contributing property to the South End–Groesbeckville Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

History[edit]

Dedication Plaque (1917)

Schuyler began acquiring the land around the mansion site by 1760. Most of the house's construction took place while he was in England at the behest of his mentor John Bradstreet.[4] Schuyler called the home "The Pasture" because of the pasture view towards the Hudson River.[5] Schuyler and his wife raised eight of their eleven children in the house which originally included 80 acres (32 ha) of land. The house was visited by several notable figures including George Washington and served as a host and prison to British General John Burgoyne for several days after his defeat at the Battle of Saratoga.[6] On December 14, 1780, the mansion was the site of the marriage between Alexander Hamilton and Schuyler's daughter Elizabeth.[7] On August 7, 1781, Native Americans raided the mansion in an unsuccessful Loyalist attempt to kidnap Schuyler.[8]

After Philip Schuyler's death in 1804, the land comprised over one hundred building lots which were divided among his numerous children.[4] From 1886 to 1913, the mansion served as an orphanage until the state assumed ownership.[9]

It was restored and dedicated as an historic monument on October 17, 1917.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Philip Schuyler Mansion". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-18. 
  2. ^ Schuyler Mansion National Historic Landmark PDF (791 KB), July 26, 1985, by Constance M. Greiff, National Park Service
  3. ^ Schuyler Mansion National Historic Landmark--Accompanying 11 photos, exterior and interior, from 1967-1985. PDF (4.12 MB), July 26, 1985, National Park Service
  4. ^ a b Schuyler Mansion at the New York State Museum web site.
  5. ^ Life Along the Hudson by Allan Keller ISBN 0-8232-1804-X via Google Book Search.
  6. ^ Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site from Frommer's via The New York Times Travel Guides web site.
  7. ^ Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation web site.
  8. ^ Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: Schuyler Vol. I, pp. 28-41, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911) via SchenectadyHistory.org.
  9. ^ History of St. Catherine's Center for Children.

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