Fifth Avenue; glances at the vicissitudes and romance of a world-renowned thoroughfare

(New York :  Printed for the Fifth Avenue Bank of New York,  1915.)



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From a photograph.                                                                                     Collection of J. Clarence Davies.


Showing Grant's funeral procession, August 8, 1885.     On the right-hand side are the residences
of John Jacob and William B. Astor, now the site of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Mexican War fame, who died at San Antonio, Texas, June 7, 1849.
On November 25, 1857, when the monument was dedicated, with a
parade and a review, General Worth's remains were interred under
its south side.

Within the confines of the old Caspar Samler farm, which comprised
the greater part of Fifth Avenue from Madison Square to 31st Street,
have stood some well-known buildings. Among them were the old
Brunswick Hotel, at the northeast corner of 26th Street, once famous
as the headquarters of the Coaching Club, now replaced by a modern
office building, and the Victoria Hotel, at the southwest corner of 27th
Street, patronized at one time by Grover Cleveland, and recently de¬
molished to make way for a twenty-story business structure. The
Marble Collegiate Church at 29th Street and the Holland House at
30th Street also stand on sites once part of the Samler farm.

North of the Caspar Samler farm, extending on Fifth Avenue from
near 32nd almost to 36th Streets, were the twenty acres of land bought
in 1799 by John Thompson for £482 10^. In 1827 William B. Astor
bought a half interest, including Fifth Avenue from 32nd to 35th
Streets, for $20,500. He built an unpretentious square red brick
house on the southwest corner of 34th Street and Fifth Avenue, while
John Jacob Astor erected a home at the northwest corner  of  33rd

Sites on the
Old Samler


bought by
William B.
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