Circle Tours

Gracie Mansion

The Landmarks Conservancy was pleased to offer its Professional Circle members an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Gracie Mansion, led by Paul Gunther, Director of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy.

Gracie Mansion has been the official residence of the Mayor of New York City since 1942. Built in 1799, it is located in Carl Schurz Park and overlooks Hell Gate channel in the East River.

Archibald Gracie built the two-story wooden mansion in the Federal style. The design of the structure is attributed to Ezra Weeks, a prominent builder or John McComb, Jr., the architect of New York City Hall and Hamilton Grange, Alexander Hamilton’s country home in Harlem. The Gracie Mansion Conservancy restored portions of the building during 1981-84, and made substantial decorative and functional restorations in 2002.

Gracie Mansion was designated a New York City Landmark in 1966 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Click here to view photos from the tour.
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Throughout the year, Circle tours go behind-the-scenes of some of New York’s most interesting historic properties. Some tours require hard hats to visit projects during restoration, while others showcase completed restorations of commercial buildings, residences, museums, churches, and synagogues. On occasion, conservators, engineers, and craftspeople open their studios to our Circle members.

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