Harry F. Sinclair House

2 East 79th Street & Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York

Completed in 1898, for Isaac Dudley Fletcher (1844-1917) and his wife Mary Elizabeth Pickering (1847-1914). It was designed by C.P.H. Gilbert (1861-1952) who took his influence from the Hôtel de Cluny in Paris. The Fletchers built their home within what was known as the "Cook Block," purchased from Henry H. Cook (1822-1905). The house was most famously the home of oil magnate Harry Ford Sinclair (1876-1956). Since 1955, it has served as the Ukrainian Institute of America, promoting Ukrainian culture, art, music & history. The house has featured in film and on TV on several occasions, notably in Cruel Intentions and Gossip Girl....

This house is best associated with...

Isaac Dudley Fletcher

Isaac D. Fletcher, President of Barrett Manufacturing Company, New York

1844-1917

Harry Ford Sinclair

Harry F. Sinclair, Founder & President of the Sinclair Oil & Gas Company

1876-1956

Anne White Stuyvesant

Anne White Stuyvesant, died unmarried

1871-1938

Augustus Van Horne Stuyvesant

Augustus Stuyvesant, of New York; Governor Stuyvesant's last male descendant

1870-1953

On Fletcher's death, he left the house and his valuable art collection to the Metropolitan Museum. In order to establish the Fletcher Fund (for the purpose of acquiring further artwork), the Museum sold the house to self-made oil magnate, Harry Ford Sinclair (1876-1956). After a brief spell in prison for his part in the Teapot Dome Scandal, Sinclair became persona non grata in New York and in 1930 sold up to the unmarried siblings Augustus (1870-1953) and Anne (1871-1938) Van Horne Stuyvesant - the last descendants of Governor Peter Stuyvesant to still bear his name. After his sister died, Augustus lived as a recluse in the mansion.

In 1955, two years after Augustus' death, the mansion was sold the house to William Dzus (1895-1964), a Ukrainian industrialist, for use as the Ukrainian Institute of America - a cultural center that promotes Ukrainian culture, art, music & history.