James A. Burden House
The James A. Burden House is a former residence located at 7 East 91st Street in the Carnegie Hill area of New York City. Today, the lower school of the Convent of the Sacred Heart is located there.
In 1901, William D. Sloane, of the W. & J. Sloane furniture family, purchased this property from Andrew Carnegie. Soon after, he commissioned the architects Warren & Wetmore to design a house as a wedding present for his daughter Adele, who married James A. Burden II, heir to the Burden Iron Works.
Completed in 1905, the mansion is an Italian Renaissance-style townhouse, embellished by French-inspired detailing around the windows and balcony. In 1907, the New York Times wrote: "so perfectly is the French idea carried out at the Burden residence ... the only way one can enter is through a courtyard ... [the central stairway has] a tread so low and wide that one ascends ... without being conscious of any effort."
In 1938, the contents of the house were auctioned by Parke-Bernet. The Convent of the Sacred Heart purchased the mansion in 1940. It now serves as the location of the Convent of the Sacred Heart's lower school.
A Designated Landmark of New York plaque was installed by the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation in 1989.
- Kathrens, Michael C. (2005). Great Houses of New York, 1880-1930. New York: Acanthus Press. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-926494-34-3.
- Christopher Gray (July 10, 1994). "The Burden Mansion. The Soot's Coming Off, but a Blemish Will Remain". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
- "Burden Furnishings Sold. Auction Yields Total of $31,591. Old Tapestry Brings $5,000". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
The auction of the furnishings of the James A. Burden residence, 7 East Ninety-first Street, which was completed yesterday under the management of the Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., brought a total of $31,591.50 ...
- "Burden Furnishings Sold". New York Times. April 21, 1938. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
The first session of the auction sale of furnishings of the James A. Burden residence, 7 East Ninetyfirst Street, under the management of the Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., brought $6,776 yesterday afternoon. ...
- James Burden House - history
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