Ferryboi does it again, correctly naming the former Watt-Pinkney Mansion on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard around 139th Street as this week's Cornerspotter. The house saw the 1891 through 1893 construction of the St. Nicholas Historic District along 138th and 139th streets between Seventh and Eighth Avenue, an area more commonly referred to as Striver's Row. It survived until 1925 in the upcoming neighborhood, serving in its last decade as a noted nightclub. Where the grand estate once sat is now home to those ubiquitous golden arches.
The New York Times wrote an article (PDF!) about the house and its "romantic history" in 1907.
· Remember: The Watt-Pinkney Mansion [HB]
· Hint: This Manse Stood By Homes That Exerted Superiority [Curbed]
· All Cornerspotter archives [Curbed]