James Bailey House

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Bailey House
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The Bailey House in 2017
James Bailey House is located in New York City
James Bailey House
James Bailey House is located in New York
James Bailey House
James Bailey House is located in the United States
James Bailey House
Location10 St. Nicholas Place
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°49′38″N 73°56′33″W / 40.82722°N 73.94250°W / 40.82722; -73.94250Coordinates: 40°49′38″N 73°56′33″W / 40.82722°N 73.94250°W / 40.82722; -73.94250
ArchitectSamuel B. Reed[1]
Architectural styleRomanesque Revival
NRHP reference No.80002668[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 23, 1980
Designated NYCLFebruary 19, 1974
Belcher stained glass mosaic window

The James A. and Ruth M. Bailey House[3] is a large freestanding limestone mansion located at 10 St Nicholas Place at West 150th Street in the Sugar Hill area of Harlem, Manhattan, New York City. The house was built from 1886 to 1888 and was designed by architect Samuel Burrage Reed in the Romanesque Revival style for circus impresario James Anthony Bailey of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.[4] When it was constructed there were few other buildings in the area, and as a result, sitting as it does on an escarpment, the Bailey Mansion had a clear view to the east of the Long Island Sound.[3]

Among the house's numerous design features are numerous unique stained glass mosaic windows, designed and fabricated by Henry Belcher.[5] The interior is richly paneled in hand-carved timber.[4] The exterior features Flemish-style gables[3] and a corner tower.[2]

In 1951, the house was purchased by Marguerite Blake, who ran a funeral home from it until her retirement. In late 2008, she brought the house to market, seeking to sell it for $10 million. As of May 2009, it was being listed for $6.5 million.[6] On August 31, 2009 it was reported that the house sold for $1.4 million, which is only around $170 per square foot.[citation needed]

The Bailey House was designated a New York City Landmark in 1974,[3] and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot & Leadon, Fran (2010). AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. p. 517. ISBN 978-0-19538-386-7.
  3. ^ a b c d New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S.; Postal, Matthew A. (2009). Postal, Matthew A. (ed.). Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1.
  4. ^ a b Lewis, Christina S.N. (2008-11-14). "NYC House Built by Bailey, of Circus Fame, Goes on Sale". Wall Street Journal. p. W8. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  5. ^ https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/catalogue-from-belcher-mosaic-glass-co-1886/
  6. ^ Listing, Stribing brokerage website.

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