Willard D. Straight House

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Willard D. Straight House

The Willard D. Straight House was the New York City residence of Willard Dickerman Straight. The mansion is located at 1130 Fifth Avenue at East 94th Street on the northeast corner. It is located in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood on the section of Fifth Avenue known as Museum Mile.

The house was designed by the firm of Delano & Aldrich in the neo-Georgian style and was completed in 1915. Willard Straight died in 1918 and his widow Dorothy Whitney Straight continued to live in the house for several years with her children. She remarried and moved to England but continued to own the house until 1927.[1] The house was sold to Judge Elbert H. Gary, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United States Steel Corporation, who died in the house the same year. The next owner was Harrison Williams. In 1952 the house was sold to the Audubon Society for use as their headquarters. In 1973 the building was sold to the International Center of Photography. In 2000 as ICP was consolidating at their Midtown Manhattan location they sold the building for $17.5 million to hedge fund founder Bruce Kovner for use as a personal residence.[2][3]

The Straight family also owned a building at 162 East 92nd Street that was used as a garage. The second and third floors of this building contained apartments for staff.[4]


Further reading[edit]

  • Kathrens, Michael C. (2005). Great Houses of New York, 1880-1930. New York: Acanthus Press. p. 277. ISBN 978-0-926494-34-3. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Willard D. Straight House at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 40°47′11.8″N 73°57′22.9″W / 40.786611°N 73.956361°W / 40.786611; -73.956361