Joseph Raphael De Lamar House

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Joseph R. De Lamar House
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Joseph Raphael De Lamar House is located in New York City
Joseph Raphael De Lamar House
Location 233 Madison Avenue
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°44′58.8″N 73°58′52.4″W / 40.749667°N 73.981222°W / 40.749667; -73.981222Coordinates: 40°44′58.8″N 73°58′52.4″W / 40.749667°N 73.981222°W / 40.749667; -73.981222
Built 1902-05
Architect C. P. H. Gilbert
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
NRHP reference # 83001722
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 25, 1983
Designated NYCL March 25, 1975

The Joseph Raphael De Lamar House is a mansion located at 233 Madison Avenue at the corner of 37th Street in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was built in 1902-05 and was designed by C. P. H. Gilbert in the Beaux-Arts style. The De Lamar Mansion marked a stark departure from Gilbert's traditional style of French Gothic architecture and was instead robustly Beaux-Arts, heavy with rusticated stonework, balconies and a colossal mansard roof. The mansion is the largest in Murray Hill and one of the most spectacular in the city; the interiors are as lavish as the exterior.[1][2][3]


Joseph Raphael De Lamar was a Dutch-born merchant seaman who made his first fortune in mining and metallurgy during the 1870s-80s silver-lead rushes to Colorado and Idaho, and 1890s gold strikes at Mercur, Utah and Delamar, Nevada.[4] He had this residence built as his entrée into New York society.[2][3] It was to be a family residence, but soon after it was built De Lamar and his wife divorced. The 1910 census taker found De Lamar in residence with his daughter Alice, by then 15, and nine servants, a typical ratio for the time. De Lamar died eight years later in 1918 at the age of 75. His obituary in The Boston Daily Globe described him as a "man of mystery" and an accomplished organist. He left an estate worth $29 million to his daughter, who continued living in the house for a short time before moving to an apartment at 740 Park Avenue.

The mansion was sold to the American Bible Society, and in 1923 the National Democratic Club purchased it for its headquarters. In 1973, the Republic of Poland bought the mansion for $900,000 to house its Consulate General in New York. The building has been thoroughly cleaned and renovated inside and retains all of its many period features. Since 2008 the consulate has also been regularly illuminated at night.

The De Lamar Mansion was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1975, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.


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  1. ^ Gray, Christopher (December 12, 2008). "Still an Eye-Popper After All These Years". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b 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, ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1 , p.98
  3. ^ a b White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot & Leadon, Fran (2010), AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.), New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780195383867 , p.281
  4. ^ Barrett, G. W. (Spring 1969). "When Big Money Came to Owyhee, a Biography of J R De Lamar, miner". Idaho Yesterdays. 13 (1): 2–29. 

Further reading

  • Kathrens, Michael C. (2005). Great Houses of New York, 1880-1930. New York: Acanthus Press. p. 155. ISBN 978-0-926494-34-3. 

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