William Starr Miller House
It was originally constructed for the industrialist William Starr Miller. Miller hired the renowned New York-based, Beaux-Arts architectural firm Carrere and Hastings to design a six-story Louis XIII-style townhouse for himself and his family, to be located in Manhattan at 1048 Fifth Avenue (on the southeast corner of East 86th Street) on Central Park East. The work was completed in 1914.
William Starr Miller's daughter, Edith Starr Miller married the widowed Lord Queenborough in July 1921, in the music room. Miller died at the house in 1935 and his widow continued to live there until her death in 1944.
After Mrs. Miller's death, the townhouse was occupied by Grace Wilson Vanderbilt (1870–1953), wife of Cornelius Vanderbilt III (1873–1942), and then by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Purchased in 1994 by art dealer and museum exhibition organizer Serge Sabarsky ( 1912–1996 ) and cosmetics billionaire Ronald Lauder (born 1944), the building was fully renovated by German architect Annabelle Selldorf and restored to its original state. It is now home to the Neue Galerie New York, which opened on November 16, 2001.
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