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Morris-Jumel Mansion

Manhattan

Why is this building significant?

This mansion enjoys both political and architectural significance. The oldest surviving house in Manhattan, it was built for British military officer Roger Morris and served as General George Washington’s headquarters during the American Revolutionary War. By 1810 the house, originally designed in the then-fashionable Palladian style of architecture with octagonal rooms, was owned by wealthy French-Haitian merchant Stephen Jumel. He and his wife Eliza remodeled the house, adding a Federal-style entrance. After Jumel’s death, Eliza was briefly married to Aaron Burr, a former vice president of the United States.

 

What did the New York Landmarks Conservancy do?

We funded roof repairs damaged in 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. More recently, we introduced the Versailles Foundation to the mansion’s administration and helped oversee a foundation grant of $113,000 for the furnishings in the French reception room and a $90,000 grant for the furnishings in the Eliza Jumel bedroom. In 2022, the Versailles Foundation committed another $30,000 for restoration of the 18th-century kitchen.

 

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