The George F. Baker Houses is a complex of several adjoining residences once owned by the Baker Family on the corner of Park Avenue and East 93rd Street. The carriage house for this complex, 69 East 93rd Street, is now headquarters for Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. The former residence of Richard H. Jenrette, 67 East 93rd Street, was gifted to CAHPT upon his death. The complex was built in the 1920s by the architectural firm, Delano & Aldrich. The location is the highest point in Manhattan, and the Bakers even arranged to have their own railroad spur built in the basement, linking their private railroad car to the tracks running underneath Park Avenue.
George F. Baker and J. P. Morgan, close friends and frequent allies, were America’s most prominent bankers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mr. Baker was the long-time Chairman and principal stockholder of The First National Bank of New York, which later became First National City Bank and then Citibank, as it is called today. Mr. Baker was known for his philanthropy, including building the entire original campus of the Harvard Business School in Boston during the 1920s.