When it was constructed in 1883, the Cornelius Vanderbilt II Mansion was the largest ever private residence to be built in New York City, a title it still holds today despite the building being long gone. It sat on Fifth Avenue between 57th Street and 58th Street in Midtown Manhattan, and rose 6 stories above ground. See how grad the home looked like in this vintage photograph from around 1901, showing the view from the corner of 5th and 57th. Here is what that same view looks like today:
For more information on the photograph, check out the specimen page on the Library of Congress Digital Archives.
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