Murray Hill Landmarks
Private and group tours of Murray Hill are now available
Take a tour of the Murray Hill Historic District, nestled between two of the world’s most iconic streets, 34th and 42nd Streets, and surrounded by NYC landmarks, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal and the Chrysler Building. This historical residential enclave has 15 individual landmarks and 251 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The tour covers landmark buildings in the historic district as well as the architects who built them and the famous people who lived in them, including Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, JP Morgan and Andy Warhol.
Tour guides focus on the unique architectural qualities of the buildings as well as the historical evolution of the neighborhood and its reputation as a residential oasis in Midtown Manhattan. Tours can be customized.
Contact Susan at 212-689-6730 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Price available upon request.
Photo: (left to right) Tour guides Robin Garr, Barbara Sagan and Paula Thomson.
The 70th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was commemorated at Roosevelt House
On October 11th, Murray Hill Neighborhood Association members attended an event to commemorate Eleanor Roosevelt’s role in the creation of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the 70th anniversary of its adoption by the United Nations in 1948. There wasn’t one empty seat in the auditorium at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute as the audience also observed Eleanor’s birthday on the same day 134 years ago. On the parlor floor of Hunter’s Roosevelt House there is an exhibit with photos and text describing the process of drafting the UDHR and Eleanor’s leading role. The event included a panel discussion about the progress of human rights and a reception. This event was co-sponsored by the MHNA Preservation & Design Committee and The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.
Photo (detail) by Susan Demmet: (left to right) Harold Holzer, Andrew Gilmour and Babatunde Olugboji
Book Talk and Signing in Murray Hill—John Freeman Gill’s 'The Gargoyle Hunters'
Writer John Freeman Gill gave a talk on Sunday, November 4th at The Society of Jewish Science. Mr. Gill, a native New Yorker is the author of The Gargoyle Hunters, and this was also the topic of his talk. The author credited the immigrant artisans who came mostly from the British Isles, Italy and Germany in the nineteenth century with creating the architectural sculptures on many New York City buildings, leaving their indelible, individual imprints. He talked about the fanatical real life gargoyle hunters, including the famed Ivan Karp, who rescued these artifacts from demolition. Bob Dawson performed on the piano during the book signing and reception. This event was co-sponsored by the Preservation & Design Committee of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association and The Society of Jewish Science / Center for Applied Judaism.
MHNA welcomes Sarah Carroll new Chair of the LPC
The New York City Council approved Mayor Bill de Blasio's appointment of Sarah Carroll as the Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. As Chair, Carroll will lead the Commission as it continues to preserve and protect New York City's architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites. Carroll, a preservationist by training and profession, has dedicated her career to public service at LPC. She has deep institutional knowledge about the agency’s work and its operational strengths.
Detail of Photo by Mary Frost: Sarah Carroll (middle) hoisting a flag at the Dumbo Historic Marker dedication.
Three New Cultural Medallions Honoring Distinguished Murray Hill Residents Are Unveiled
Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Charles Dana Gibson, and Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn were honored in April in ceremonies unveiling cultural medallions placed on the façades of each of the brownstones where they once resided in Murray Hill.
To commemorate other illustrious residents who once lived in Murray Hill, the P&D Committee is exploring several names to add to our list of cultural medallion honorees. These include the songwriter, Cole Porter, the architect Marcel Breuer, the playwright Tennessee Williams and the actress Helen Hayes.
Funding for the research, fabrication of the medallions and the videotaping of the ceremonies comes from individual sponsors, honored building owners and private donations. If you would like to sponsor or contribute to the Medallion Program, please visit our website at www.murrayhillnyc.org and click Donate. Email Susan Demmet at email@example.com when you donate so your contribution can be properly acknowledged, or if you know of a significant person who lived in Murray Hill whom you believe should be nominated for a Cultural Medallion.
Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on changes to the landmark B. Altman Building, July 24, 2018
The Museum of Popular Culture, new owner of a portion of the landmarked B. Altman building, presented proposed changes to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on July 24, 2018, and applied for a Certificate of Appropriateness.
The Certificate of Appropriateness was approved with modifications. The LPC's decision.
Image: Rendering of proposed changes
Meet Your Neighborhood Walking Tour Guides
Every last Sunday of the month, starting March 25, you can become better acquainted with local history, sites and stories in a 90-minute walk compliments of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Preservation & Design Committee. Four expert guides conduct these tours.
Photo: Left to right, Robin Garr, Barbara Sagan, Paula Thomson, statue of Jan Karski, the Polish Underground hero in front of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York
Preserving Our Neighborhood
Thanks to the creation of the Landmark Preservation Commission in 1965, thousands of buildings in New York City have been granted landmark or historic district status, saving them from demolition. The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Preservation & Design Committee is committed to preserving and protecting the historic residential character of our neighborhood, and takes great pride in its work.
As you walk around and enjoy the brownstones, stately mansions, stables and historic buildings in our neighborhood, we hope that you appreciate the efforts of the Preservation & Design Committee to safeguard our historical, cultural and architectural heritage.
Our LPC Proposal to Landmark 29 Buildings in Murray Hill - Update
The P&D Committee identified 29 buildings worthy of landmarking in Murray Hill and requested landmark status for those building from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commisison. In October, we received a disappointing response from the LPC. They have chosen only 3 of the 29 buildings for consideration.
We will let you know if these properties come up for a hearing at the LPC, although we think it will not be soon. In the meantime we will continue working to acquire landmark status for more buildings in order to preserve and protect the historic residential core of Murray Hill.
Photo: 38 East 38th Street
LPC Proposes 12 buildings in Greater East Midtown for Landmark Status
At a public meeting on May 10, 2016 the Landmarks Preservation Commission identified twelve buildings that merit landmark designation and contribute to the rich historical and architectural context of Greater East Midtown. The proposal is part of the NYC Administration’s larger effort to plan for the future of one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods.
Spotlight on Murray Hill’s Landmarks - NYC Landmarks Celebrating 50 Years
In each article we will feature a few of Murray Hill’s landmarked buildings. We begin with the buildings that have had landmark status the longest:
1966: The Morgan Library at 29-33 East 36th Street
1967: The set-back Federal house at 152 East 38th Street
1975: The DeLamar Mansion at 233 Madison Avenue
1979: The Church of the Incarnation at 205-207 Madison Avenue
Spotlight on Murray Hill’s Landmarks
This is the second article to feature a group of four landmark buildings in Murray Hill. The landmark buildings are presented in the order that they became landmarked. This series of articles is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law.
1979: Lanier Mansion, 123 East 35th Street
1979: Adelaide Douglas House, 57 Park Avenue
1979: Thomas Clark House, 22 East 35th Street
1997: Bowdoin Carriage House, 149 East 38th Street
Spotlight on Murray Hill’s Landmarks
This is the third article in a series that features a group of landmark buildings in Murray Hill. The landmark buildings are presented in the order that they became landmarked:
1997: Jonathan W. Allen Stable
1998: J. Hampden Robb Mansion
2002: J.P. Morgan, Jr. Mansion
This series of articles is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law.
Spotlight on Murray Hill Landmarks
This is the fourth and last article featuring fourteen individual landmark buildings in historic Murray Hill, presented chronologically by the date that the building was designated as a landmark. The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Preservation & Design Committee has been an active participant with the Landmarks50 Alliance’s two-year celebration to honor landmarks in all five boroughs of the City. The LM50 celebration continues through 2016.
2008: The Allerton 39th Street Hotel, 45 East 39th Street
2010: Beaux Arts Style Mansion, 36 East 38th Street
2011: The Union League Club, 38 East 37th Street
Landmarks Preservation Commission designation documents for The Murray Hill Historic District
Related websites and articles
National Register of Historic Places Map of Murray Hill 2014
The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
The LPC's Discover NYC Landmarks Map
The Historic Districts Council
The NYC Landmarks50 Alliance
Tom Miller's Daytonian in Manhattan blog
New York Times 1914 article on Murray Hill Deed Restrictions
Wikipedia article about Murray Hill
Victoria California Clafin Woodhull, a Murray Hill resident, was the first woman to run for President, nominated by the Equal Rights Party in 1872.
December 2016, Smithsonian Magazine, Untangling the History of Christmas Lights, This bright idea was ahead of its time, by Jamie Malanowski. In 1882, in a townhouse at 136 East 36th Street in New York City, Edward Hibberd Johnson...loyal lieutenant to Thomas Edison was the embodiment of his era: part engineer, part businessman, part Barnum. In 1871, Johnson hired Edison, then a 24-year-old inventor, as a consultant for the Automatic Telegraph Company. Edison “ate at this desk and slept in a chair,” Johnson later recalled. “In six weeks he had gone through the books, written a volume of abstracts, and made two thousand experiments...and produced a solution.”
Restoring Vintage Buildings: When Home Is History, 2017 May, cooperator.com, by Georgia Kral.
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