By the time Shirley Temple sang about Fifth Avenue in 1940, it had been “the grandest thoroughfare” for more than fifty years. Take a stroll back to the late 1800s and early 1900s to see some of the grand homes that helped their owners call this Manhattan street home.
Hop a bus, take a car / Hail a cab and there you are On Fifth Avenue (old Fifth Avenue) Ev’ry Joe, ev’ry Jane / Walks along that dreamer’s lane On Fifth Avenue (that’s Fifth Avenue) Where they stop, window shop, and their hopes are so high Pricing rings, pretty things that they can’t afford to buy But they smile, they don’t care / Ev’ryone’s a millionaire When you’re strolling on Fifth Avenue
(From “Fifth Avenue,” lyrics & music by Mack Gordon/Harry Warren)
J. J. Astor residence (1893)
This mansion, located at 840 Fifth Avenue, New York City, was the home of millionaire businessman John Jacob Astor IV, who died when the Titanic sank.
Home of Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt II (1894)
A T Stewart residence at 34 5th Avenue
This mansion was built around 1869, by architect John Kellum (photo from 1899)
Home of William K Vanderbilt
These photos show a street view of the William Kissam Vanderbilt residence, which was located at 660 Fifth Avenue, New York City. (Photo 1 from 1897, photo 2 from 1903)
Isaac Brokaw mansion, designed by Rose & Stone, with an apartment house in the background. The New York City mansion was located at 5th Avenue and East 79th Street, and was demolished in 1965. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)