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Salmagundi Club

Salmagundi Club
Salmagundi Club is located in New York City
Salmagundi Club
Location 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York
Coordinates
Built 1853
Architectural style Italianate
NRHP Reference # 74001275 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 25, 1974
Designated NYCL September 9, 1969

The Salmagundi Club, sometimes referred to as the Salmagundi Art Club, was founded in 1871 in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, New York, in the United States. Since 1917 it has been located at 47 Fifth Avenue. As of 2014, its membership roster totals roughly 900 members.[2]

For nearly 150 years, the Salmagundi Club has served as a center for fine arts, artists and collectors, with art exhibitions, art classes, artist demonstrations, art auctions and many other types of events. It is also a sponsor of the United States Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP).[3]

History

Originally called the New York Sketch Class,[4] and later the New York Sketch Club,[5] the Salmagundi Club had its beginnings at the eastern edge of Greenwich Village in sculptor Jonathan Scott Hartley's Broadway studio, where a group of artists, students, and friends at the National Academy of Design, which at the time was located at Fourth Avenue and Twenty-third Street,[6] gathered weekly on Saturday evenings.

The club formally changed its name to The Salmagundi Sketch Club in January 1877.[4] The name has variously been attributed to salmagundi,[5] a stew which the group has served from its earliest years, or, to Washington Irving's Salmagundi Papers.[7][8]

Growing rapidly, the organization was housed in a series of rented properties including 121 Fifth Avenue, 49 West 22nd Street, 40 West 22nd Street and finally 14 West Twelfth Street, where it remained for 22 years.[7] In April 1917, following a three year search, the club purchased Irad and Sarah Hawley's 1853 Italianate-style brownstone townhouse at 47 Fifth Avenue between East Eleventh and East Twelfth Streets from the estate of William G. Park for $100,000.00 and erected a two-story annex in the rear at an additional cost of $20,000.00 to house its primary art gallery and a billiard room. A housewarming event on Feb 5th, 1918 was attended by more than 500 persons.[4][5][7] In 1969 the building was designated a historical landmark [2] by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. In 1975 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Members

Members of the Salmagundi Club have included: John LaFarge, Ernest Lawson, Frank Mason, Samizu Matsuki, John Francis Murphy, Howard Pyle, Will J. Quinlan, Norman Rockwell, Harry Roseland, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Leopold Seyffert, Barbara Stadtlander, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Edward Charles Volkert, Jack Wemp, Stanford White, Richard C. Pionk and N.C. Wyeth.

Honorary members[7] have included Paul Cadmus, Schuyler Chapin, Winston Churchill, Buckminister Fuller, Al Hirschfeld, and Thomas Hoving.

Club presidents

  • Joseph Hartley, 1871-1889
  • George W. Maynard, 1888-1889
  • Charles Yardley Turner, 1889-1883
  • Thomas Moran, 1893-1896
  • W. Lewis Fraser, 1896-1897
  • Alexander Theobald Van Laer, 1897-1898
  • Robert C. Minor, 1898-1899
  • Alexander Theobald Van Laer, 1899-1900
  • George H. McCord, 1900-1901
  • George Inness, Jr., 1901-1903
  • J. Scott Hartley, 1903-1905
  • Alexander T. Van Laer, 1905-1908
  • Henry B. Snell, 1908-1910
  • Frank Knox Morton Rehn, 1910-1911[10]
  • Carleton Wiggins, 1911-1913
  • Charles Vezin, 1913-1914
  • F. Ballard Williams, 1914-1919
  • Emil Carlsen, 1919-1920
  • J. Massey Rhind, 1920-1922
  • Hobart Nichols, 1922-1924
  • W. Granville Smith, 1924-1926
  • Franklin De Haven, 1926-1929
  • Bruce Crane, 1929-1933
  • Louis Betts, 1933-1935
  • George Elmer Brown, 1935-1937
  • Frederick W. Hutchinson, 1937-1939
  • Gordon Grant, 1939-1941
  • George Lober, 1941-1944
  • Frederick K. Detwiller, 1944-1946
  • Henry O' Connor, 1946-1947
  • Silvio B. Valerio, 1947-1949
  • Percy Albee, 1949-1953
  • Russell Rypsam, 1953-1955
  • Henry Laussucq, 1955-1957
  • Junius Allen, 1957-1959
  • A. Henry Nordhausen, 1959-1963
  • Francis Vandeveer Kughler, 1963-1966
  • Martin Hannon, 1966-1970
  • John N. Lewis, 1970-1976
  • Martin Hannon, 1976-1977
  • Raymond R. Goldberg, 1977-1979
  • Richard Clive, 1979-1981
  • Carl L. Thomson, 1981-1983
  • Ruth B. Reininghaus, 1983-1987
  • Edward A. Brennan, 1987-1990
  • Kenneth W. Fitch, 1990-1991
  • Robert Volpe, 1991-1994
  • Richard C. Pionk, 1994- 2007
  • Claudia Seymour, 2007-2013
  • Robert Pillsbury, 2013-present

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ a b c Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc (2005). "Salmagundi Club: An American Institution". Description of  
  3. ^ "Affiliations". Salmagundi Club website. 
  4. ^ a b c d Anne Cohen DePietro (2005). "A Fertile Fellowship: The Rich History of the Salmagundi Club". Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc.,  
  5. ^ a b c Mara McGinnis (Oct 29 – Nov 4, 2003). "130-year-old Village arts club still flourishing".  
  6. ^ "National Academy School of Fine Arts History".  
  7. ^ a b c d Tom Fletcher, with thanks to the  
  8. ^ "Washington Irving".  
  9. ^ William Henry Shelton (November 7, 1898). "Letter to the Editor: Salmagundi Club's Library".   Full text (PDF) published November 19, 1898.
  10. ^ "F. K. M. Rehn, Artist, Dies. Ex-President of Salmagundi Club Stricken at Summer Home" (PDF).  

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