THE NATIONAL ARTS CLUB
The National Arts Club Virtual Tour
Description from The National Arts Club:
Step inside the The National Arts Club! The NAC resides in the historic Samuel Tilden Mansion on Gramercy Park. Occupying both 14 and 15 Gramercy Park South, the original buildings were built in the 1840s.
Samuel J. Tilden, the 25th Governor of New York and a one-time presidential candidate, acquired 15 Gramercy Park South in 1863, before purchasing the adjacent house a few years later and conjoining them into one home during a major renovation completed in 1884.
Tilden hired famed architect Calvert Vaux, one of the designers of Central Park, to modernize the façade with sandstone, bay windows and ornamentation in the Aesthetic Movement style. John LaFarge created stained glass panels for the interior of the mansion; and sculptors from the firm of Ellin and Kitson created elaborate fireplace surrounds, bookcases and doors. Glass master Donald MacDonald fashioned a unique stained glass dome for Tilden’s library that crowns the room where the bar is now located.
In 1966 New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission declared 15 Gramercy Park South a New York City Landmark; and in 1976 the Federal government designated the building a National Historic Landmark.
During this video tour, you will be guided through the NAC's private parlors and dining room—typically only open to members—featuring many historic architectural details and artworks from the Club's permanent collection.
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The National Arts Club
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