Tuesday, August 21, 2012

52nd & 5th Ave [SE Corner] (1905 & 2012)


The Morton F. Plant House. This marble and granite Italian Renaissance mansion at 653 Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan was completed in 1905 for Morton F. Plant, the son of a railroad tycoon. After only 12 years, Plant sold the mansion to Cartier Jewelers for a double-stranded Oriental pearl necklace valued at $1 million, to give to his wife Maisie Plant. Cartier converted the mansion into its U.S. flagship store, and, since 1917, has been known as the Cartier Building.  In 1970, it was designated a landmark. (1905 photo courtesy of NYPL)

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