Before Salmagundi : part three

The evolution of an 1853 Fifth Avenue mansion
Finale: downstairs/upstairs

March 23, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5:30 PM | Meet and greet the presenter in parlor
6:30 PM (Promptly) | Presentation and Q&A in skylight gallery
7:30 PM | Conversation continues over dinner if you so choose (reservations strongly suggested)
parlor & skylight gallery
Anthony Bellov
Co-sponsored by Village Preservation and Merchant’s House Museum

Open to the public
Eventbrite RSVP required
FREE to attend

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Parts One and Two of this series sold out quickly. If you plan to attend, don’t delay in reserving tickets.
This event will be video-recorded and made available afterwards on YouTube permanently.

About the Event

Club member and esteemed architectural sleuth Anthony Bellov continues with Part Three of his smash series exploring the historic fabric and social history of the Hawley Mansion, today’s Salmagundi Club. In Part Three he’ll explore the complete transformation of the Basement (Ground Floor) and what it had been like before Salmagundi converted it into their Bar and Dining Room. He’ll also examine the intact architecture of the rarely visited Third and Fourth Floors – once the domain of the family children and servants.

Joining him in this voyage will be guest speaker Annie Haddad, Merchant’s House Museum Historian, the beloved historic house museum in NoHo. She will discuss the daily life and work of 19th century domestic servants, and how it would have been impossible to run a home like 54 Fifth Avenue without them.

Annie Haddad
Annie Haddad, historian (photo credit: Sub/Urban Photography)
Anthony Bellov looks up at a gargoyle on the Salmagundi bar room wall close to his face. His arms are crossed, and he has a pleased expression.
Anthony Bellov, series creator (photo credit: Monica Hollender)

About the Mansion

Built in 1853 for the wealthy Hawley Family, elegant 47 Fifth Avenue had been a residence for 64 years when Salmagundi Club bought it in 1917 as their private clubhouse, thereby saving it from demolition.

Now the oldest surviving mansion on iconic Fifth Avenue and a revered NYC Landmark, tracking clues to its fascinating transformation in the years “before Salmagundi” is a grand saga in itself — if you know where to look and what to look for.


Ticketed attendees may stay for dinner by making a reservation via our Reservations page with the message, “Before Salmagundi dinner”.

Watch the previous talks

Part I

Part II

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