Lectures and Other Events

Conservancy Hosts Exclusive Reception and Tour of Schinasi Mansion

Nearly 100 guests joined us on May 6 for an exclusive reception and tour of the landmark Schinasi residence, one of the few surviving free-standing, single-family mansions in Manhattan.

The 12,000-square-foot home was built in 1909 for Morris Schinasi — a Turkish émigré who made his fortune selling tobacco — during the period known as the American Renaissance, when the dark, somber tones of the Brownstone Period gave way to the much lighter palette of the Beaux-Arts Movement. The architect, William Tuthill, also designed Carnegie Hall.

The Conservancy’s Alex Herrera, along with current owner Hans Smit and his son, who lives there with his family, gave the guests a detailed history and tour of this 12-bedroom, 8-bath property, which has served over the years as an elite girls’ school and a daycare center, before Mr. Smit bought it in the 1970s.