Chester A. Arthur Home

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Chester A. Arthur House
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The Residence of Chester A. Arthur, 2007
Chester A. Arthur Home is located in New York City
Chester A. Arthur Home
Location 123 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Coordinates 40°44′34″N 73°58′55″W / 40.74278°N 73.98194°W / 40.74278; -73.98194Coordinates: 40°44′34″N 73°58′55″W / 40.74278°N 73.98194°W / 40.74278; -73.98194
Area less than one acre
Built 1886
Architectural style Renaissance, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 66000534[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL December 12, 1965[2]

The Chester A. Arthur Home, also known as Chester A. Arthur House, was the residence of the 21st President of the United States, Chester A. Arthur, both before and after his rise to national fame. Located at 123 Lexington Avenue in New York City, Arthur spent most of his adult life living in the residence. Serving as Vice-President for President James Garfield, he retreated to this house after the July 2, 1881 attempted assassination of Garfield. Garfield did not die until September 19, and then Arthur took the oath of office in this building.[3]

A commemorative bronze plaque was placed inside the building in 1964 by the Native New Yorkers Historical Society and New York Life Insurance. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark on January 12, 1965.[2][3]

The residence has undergone many changes. Today, the building houses a Mediterranean grocery store on the first two floors and apartments on the top three.

It is the only surviving building in New York City where a president was inaugurated.[4]


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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Chester A. Arthur House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-10. 
  3. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination" (pdf). National Park Service. 1978. 
  4. ^ Roberts, Sam (December 7, 2014). "Where a President Took the Oath, Indifference May Become Official". The New York Times. 

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