Fifth Avenue and East 65th Street, c. 1902

Fifth Avenue and East 65th Street, 1902
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Looking North along Fifth Avenue from just south of East 65th Street, we see two horse carts pass in front of 840 Fifth Avenue, the Astor Mansion.  Designed in 1893 by architect Richard Morris Hunt to be the twin residences of John Jacob Astor and his family and his mother, Caroline Astor. After the elder Mrs. Astor died in 1907, John Jacob had the house renovated into single residence, making it one of the largest mansions in Gilded Age New York. After John Jacob died on the Titanic in 1912, the house was used by his widow, Madeline, and his son, Vincent, who ultimately sold the property in 1926. The location is now the site of Temple Emanu-El.

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