Jerome Mansion

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Jerome Mansion
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The Jerome Mansion, torn down in 1967
Jerome Mansion is located in Manhattan
Jerome Mansion
Location within Manhattan
General information
Location 32 East 26th Street (Manhattan)
Coordinates 40°44′33″N 73°59′11″W / 40.7424°N 73.9863°W / 40.7424; -73.9863Coordinates: 40°44′33″N 73°59′11″W / 40.7424°N 73.9863°W / 40.7424; -73.9863
Construction started 1859
Completed 1865
Demolished 1967
Cost US$200,000
Owner Leonard Jerome
Design and construction
Architect Thomas R. Jackson
Cafe at Manhattan Club (c.1901)

The Jerome Mansion was the home of financier Leonard Jerome, one of the richest and most influential men in New York City in the middle- to late-19th century, and a frequent business partner of Cornelius Vanderbilt.[2] The mansion was located on the corner of East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, across from Madison Square Park. It was built from 1859 to 1865.[1]


The six-story mansion featured a mansard roof, which was all the rage at the time,[3] a six hundred-seat theatre, a breakfast room which could serve up to seventy people, a white and gold ballroom with champagne and cologne fountains,[4] and a "splendid" view of the park. Jerome's daughter, Jennie Jerome, who grew up in the mansion, later became Lady Randolph Churchill, the mother of Winston Churchill.

When Jerome moved uptown, the mansion was sold and housed a series of private clubs including the Union League Club from 1868 to 1881, the University club, the Turf club, and from 1899, the Manhattan Club,[5] a bastion of Democratic politicians such as Samuel J. Tilden, Grover Cleveland, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Alfred E. Smith.[6] On November 23, 1869, the Jerome Mansion was the site of the meeting that founded the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[7]

The building was given landmark status in 1965, but when the owner was unable to find a buyer for it after two years, it was permitted to be torn down in 1967, to be replaced by the New York Merchandise Mart.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "LEONARD W. JEROME MANSION, HABS No. NY 5470" (PDF). Historic American Building Survey.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Burrows & Wallace
  3. ^ Burrows & Wallace
  4. ^ Burrows & Wallace, p. 960
  5. ^ Henry Watterson (1915). History of the Manhattan Club: A Narrative of the Activities of Half a Century. De Vinne Press. pp. 72–. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Famous Manhattan Club Is Fifty Years Old: Since Its Founding in 1865 the Noted Democratic Organization Has Many Times Played a Prominent Part in the History of New York". New York Times. 10 October 1915.
  7. ^ "The Founding of the Museum of Art", New York Times (December 9, 1894)
  8. ^ Mendelsohn, Joyce (1998), Touring the Flatiron: Walks in Four Historic Neighborhoods, New York: New York Landmarks Conservancy, ISBN 0-964-7061-2-1, OCLC 40227695 p. 26


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