Before Salmagundi : vanished mansions of lower fifth avenue

Apr 4, 2024 6:00 PM
Rockwell gallery

Open to the public
RSVP required
FREE to attend

About the Event

Opened in 1823, Fifth Avenue originally vied with several other locations for social supremacy, including St. John’s Park, Lafayette Place, and Second Avenue. By the Civil War, Fifth had become “The Avenue” superseding all other addresses in which to flaunt you had arrived.

In this talk, we’ll explore some of the early mansions constructed on Fifth Avenue below 14th Street in the years prior to achieving social victory. Only one of these early mansions – the Hawley Residence at 47 Fifth – still survives today in anything resembling original condition. It’s now the Salmagundi Club, in which this talk will take place.


If you have membership with Salmagundi, you are always welcome to have dinner beforehand in our dining room. Dining reservations must be made in advance via our Reservations page.

An old black and white photograph of a mansion during winter, surrounded by trees without leaves.
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 Speaker

Multi-faceted Anthony Bellov is an award-winning videographer, pianist, tenor, singing instructor, and architectural historian with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute and a master’s in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. His video explorations of the world-renown Merchant’s House Museum, in New York’s NoHo have generated great excitement among historic house and architectural preservation advocates. He says, “Successful architecture is a happy manifestation of function expressed as geometry and detail.” Through his still images of buildings, Bellov explores the overarching balance of form with the radiant exclamation point of detail.

His on-going series of talks examining the architectural clues of the former lives of 47 Fifth Avenue (the 1853 mansion now serving as the Salmagundi Clubhouse) dig deeply into what the intentions of the earlier designers, builders, and occupants were, both original and subsequent. His images intentionally challenge the viewer to examine their own relationship with the building and how it informs their experience of the space.

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