This was the mansion of famed artist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who raged a scandolous
custody battle over her niece against her sister-in-law, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt.
It was at this house that the child, known as 'Little Gloria', stayed with her aunt 'Gertie' during
the week. Gertrude Whitney was also the founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art and
she maintained a private apartment above the museum. With her old age coming,
she decided, months before her death, to auction off the mansion and it's contents. Dying before
this was possible, her children continued her plan.
Today, nothing but a large skyscraper stands on the childhood home of Gloria Vanderbilt,
also known as Gertrude Whitney's 'Palace of Art".