"Harry F. Sinclair House (Ukrainian Institute)" Upper East Side Tip by MM212

Upper East Side, New York City: 17 reviews and 54 photos

  Harry F. Sinclair House
by MM212

Known as the Harry F. Sinclair House, this mansion with Loire Valley château inspirations was built in 1898 as a personal residence for Isaac Fletcher. He assigned the project to the architect Charles P.H. Gilbert, one of the most renowned at the time and responsible for designing over 100 mansions in the city. Upon his death, Fletcher donated the mansion to the Metropolitan Museum of Art which subsequently sold it to Harry Sinclair, whose name is eternalised in the mansion, even though it was later also acquired by the Stuyvesant family. In 1955, the mansion was purchased by William Dzus and donated to the Ukrainian Institute of America which still occupies it to this day. The Institute is a cultural centre to promote Ukrainian arts and literature and holds occasional interesting art exhibitions open to the public. It is worth visiting and paying the small admission fee, if not for an exhibition, then to catch a glimpse of the sumptuous interior. Note that the Harry F. Sinclair House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978.

Address: Upper East Side: 2 East 79th St @ Fifth Ave
Phone: 212-721-3689

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  • Updated Oct 13, 2009
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