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Hint: Once The Home Of A Whale, Now A Condo Tower

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Welcome to Cornerspotter, Curbed's game in which you try to identify the location and/or identity of a particular building or streetscape in a historic photograph. Impress us and your fellow Curbed readers with your uncanny insight into New York City and its past!

This home did not belong to any of the historic whales featured on our map, but the owner knew some of those whales quite well, having worked with them in the oil industry. This mansion started out about a third of the size you see in the picture above, but in the late 1800s, the owner embarked on a makeover that added two additional homes and completely changed the exterior. The location is still one of the wealthiest areas in the city, but no trace of this home remains. Today, the site is occupied by a flat, uninspired luxury tower. Do you know where this mansion was and who lived in it?

The owner lived in the manion with his wife, two daughters, and son, and he had an estimated daily income of about $65,000. They summered at their estate on Long Island, and one of the daughters became quite the retail whale, racking up tabs as high as $85,000 with jewelers and fine fur purveyors.
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