71-75 E 93rd Street (aka 1180 Park Avenue) is a beautifully maintained Neo-Federal mansion in Manhattan’s Carnegie Hill section, and the cornerstone of a complex of four adjoining buildings at the corner of E 93rd Street and Park Avenue.
The five-story building was originally built for financier Francis F. Palmer, and completed in 1918. (The building is still sometimes referred to as the Francis F. Palmer House.)
George F. Baker, Jr., another financier, purchased the mansion in 1927 and expanded it with three extensions: a garage (69 E 93rd Street), ballroom wing (1180 Park Avenue) and townhouse residence for his father (67 E 93rd Street). All four buildings were designed by Delano & Aldrich, a prominent architectural firm of the early 1900s. With the main house, the ballroom and garage form a courtyard open to E 93rd Street.
(George Baker, Sr. died before his home was completed; his daughter-in-law later occupied the house.)
The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia – exiles from Soviet oppression – purchased the main house and ballroom wing in 1958 with funds donated by Russian-born banker Serge Semenenko.
Financier Richard Jenrette purchased 67 and 69 E 93rd Street in 1987 and 1988. These homes are now headquarters of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.
The George F. Baker, Jr. House Complex is subject of three NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designations – and part of the Expanded Carnegie Hill Historic District.
71-75 E 93rd Street Vital Statistics
- Location: 75 E 93rd Street at Park Avenue
- Year completed: 1918
- Architect: Delano & Aldrich
- Floors: 5
- Style: Neo-Federal
- New York City Landmark: 1969
71-75 E 93rd Street Recommended Reading
- Wikipedia entry
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report (67 E 93rd Street)
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report (69 E 93rd Street)
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report (The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia)
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report (Expanded Carnegie Hill Historic District) pp. 236-239
- The New York Times Streetscapes | East 93rd Street Between Madison and Park Avenues; Where City’s Stately Mansions Made a Last Stand (September 29, 2002)
- The New York Times STREETSCAPES: The Baker Mansion on Park at 93d; Under the Servants’ Quarters, a Railroad Siding? (October 22, 1989)
- Daytonian in Manhattan blog
- The City Review profile
- Classical American Homes Preservation Trust profile
- Emporis database