In the 1920's, just as her enormously wealthy sister Florence Twombly was building a massive
palace down the avenue next door to the Frick mansion, Emily Vanderbilt White decided
to purchase a large stone townhouse, designed by Whitney Warren. Even at the time, the townhouse was one of the last on Fifth Avenue.
Emily Thorn Vanderbilt Sloane White Had Already Been Widowed Twice
With the demolition of the Havemeyer mansion next door and the demolition of her
sister-in-law's block-long mansion overlooking the Plaza down the street, Mrs White still carried
on. Widowed again in 1927, she carried out her remaining 19 years in grand
style. The year of her death the home was sold to Yugoslavia.
Eventually purchased by the mission of Serbia, it a true survivor. One of the last residences
along with Fifth Avenue, and the last Vanderbilt home on the avenue, it is and
will always remain a true New York landmark.