The House at 7 East 95th Street was built for the great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt about 1915, during the first World War.
Her husband was an associate of J. Pierpont Morgan, and he had a family connection to fine Italian architecture.
So naturally, when they built the house the original dark wall paneling in the library dates from the 1400’s near Urbino, Italy.
But this was during the first great World War.
The boats had to find their way past the German U-boats
and out to open sea.
Meanwhile, the library was being built on 95th street to exact specs so the arriving woodwork from the 1400’s would drop right in. :-)
If you like monumental fireplaces and antique paneling, a beautiful balustrade gallery and old, good friends, you’ll like this place.