What are The George F. Baker Houses?
The George F. Baker Houses is a complex of several adjoining residences on the corner of Park Avenue and East 93rd Street in Manhattan. The corner building of the complex, 75 East 93rd Street, is now owned by the Russian Orthodox Church. The carriage house for this complex, 69 East 93rd Street, is now headquarters for Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. 67 East 93rd Street remains the private residence of Richard H. Jenrette.
The Baker Houses make up one of New York City’s last remaining family compounds. The east-facing side of the carriage house features an exceptional colonnade of eight Ionic columns. 67 and 69 E. 93rd Street were truly structures “built for the ages”: there is not a creak to be heard or a crack to be seen, and most of the original fixtures in the houses (sinks, toilets, furnaces, and even an elevator) are still fully functioning.
The architects for these buildings were Delano & Aldrich, who were the most fashionable residential architects in New York City during the early 20th Century. The George F. Baker complex of houses is obviously an exception to CAHPT’s focus on early 19th Century architecture. The Baker Houses are unmistakably early 20th Century, mostly built or started during the affluent 1920s. While the time period may be a hundred years later than CAHPT’s favored early 19th Century neo-classical period, the architecture looks almost the same, illustrating the recurring popularity of the classical style of architecture.
Who owns The George F. Baker Houses?
The carriage house for both homes, 69 E. 93rd Street, is now headquarters for Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. 67 E. 93rd Street remains the private residence of Richard H. Jenrette. The corner building of the Baker House complex, 75 East 93rd Street, is now owned by the Russian Orthodox Church. The final Baker to live in the family complex was George F. Baker IV, who sold 69 East 93rd Street to Mr. Jenrette in 1988. Jenrette later gave 69 East 93rd to Classical American Homes in 1994 as his second gifted home to the Trust. In the future 67 East 93rd Street is slated to be given by Mr. Jenrette to CAHPT.
Where are the houses?
The George F. Baker House complex is located at 67-69 East 93rd Street, NYC, in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. 69 East 93rd Street is the administrative office for Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and is not open for public tours.
How can I visit the George F. Baker Houses?
Because 67 East 93rd Street remains Mr. Jenrette’s private residence, no regular public tours are available at this time. However, group tours are available by appointment year-round. Please find the Group Tour Request form for The Baker Houses here. We will be in contact shortly after submission of this form to help arrange your visit. All additional inquiries can be directed to us using our Contact Form.
Is a group tour of The Baker Houses appropriate for children?
A group tour of The Baker Houses features discussions of history, architecture, decorative arts and more. Visitors of all ages are welcome, however tour content may be of more interest to older children.
Is photography permitted?
No interior photography is allowed, except by special permission. However, books are available for purchase.
How can I support The Baker Houses and Classical American Homes?
We hope you will join us in preserving, protecting and opening the George F. Baker Houses and other Classical properties for generations to come.
All donations may be made online here. Donations may also be sent by mail to:
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
69 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128
If sending a contribution by mail, please also enclose the donation form found here. Checks should be made payable to Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.
Please contact Chris Smith using our Contact Form if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for your support.