Cornelius Vanderbilt II purchased and demolished 3 brownstone houses on the southwest corner of Street and Avenue in preparation for his new mansion. His wife was instrumental in the extravagance–it was “common belief that Alice Vanderbilt set o
Cornelius Vanderbilt II mansion (demolished) formerly at 1 West St, New York City. Architects George B Post and Richard Morris Hunt. Built 1882 with substantial 1894 addition. Demolished Vintage b&w photo.