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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Metropolitan Club

What perhaps is most remarkable about the Metropolitan Club (like the Harmonie Club across the street) is how unknown it is to most visitors and residents, particularly given its prominent location - one of the finest in all the city at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park - and its prestigious neighbors. It abuts the Pierre Hotel with the Sherry Netherland to the South and sits across from Grand Army Plaza and the Plaza Hotel. One block south we have the Apple store with its huge glass cube and from there the familiar, iconic Fifth Avenue flagship retail institutions - Bergdorf, Tiffany, Cartier, etc. The private club was organized by J.P. Morgan for his coterie of friends unable to gain admittance to other private clubs. The 1893 building is a McKim, Mead and White extravaganza with the feel of an Italian palazzo. I have not been inside, but I understand that the interior is quite grand with Corinthian columns, scarlet carpeting and a two story marble hall with a double staircase. The entrance, at 1 East 60th Street, is colonnaded with a carriage entrance and courtyard - click here for photo. ...

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3 comments:

Lucy said...

I don't think it's an accident that most don't know about it -- part of the exclusivity, I presume...

• Eliane • said...

Quite a man, that JP Morgan. About twenty blocks north, his unbelievable art collection is displayed at the Met. Do you think that a hundred year sfrom now people will remember Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey the same way? I wonder...

Anonymous said...

The entrance used to have a tiffany glass roof which collapsed in a snow storm. The inside is wonderful though unlike other clubs in New York has little/no art on the walls other than the library. Sadly today it is more of a private dining venue than a true club in the European sense.