James A. Burden House

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James A. Burden House in 2010

The James A. Burden House is a former residence located at 7 East 91st Street in the Carnegie Hill area of New York City.[1] 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."[1]

In 1938, the contents of the house were auctioned by Parke-Bernet.[2][3] The Convent of the Sacred Heart purchased the mansion in 1940.[4] 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.

Further reading[edit]

  • Kathrens, Michael C. (2005). Great Houses of New York, 1880-1930. New York: Acanthus Press. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-926494-34-3. 


  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ "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 ... 
  3. ^ "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. ... 
  4. ^ James Burden House - history

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 40°47′04.5″N 73°57′26″W / 40.784583°N 73.95722°W / 40.784583; -73.95722