National Academy of Design and Lyceum Theatre, Fourth Avenue and 23rd Street - About 1895


The National Academy of Design (northwest corner) and the Lyceum Theatre (right), East 23rd Street and Fourth Avenue (now Park Avenue South), New York City, about 1895, when the residential buildings on the left were demolished. The 12-story building, in the background, behind the Academy, is the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company building, completed in 1895. The brownstone residences seen on 23rd Street were demolished about 1895.

Photograph by Robert L. Bracklow (1849-1919). Source: New-York Historical Society. There was a sign on the corner announcing event about the American Water Color Society (founded in 1866). Across the street there was the old YMCA Building, demolished in 1903.

The National Academy of Design was founded in New York City in 1825. The building in a Venetian Gothic style in the photo, on the corner of East 23rd Street and Fourth Avenue, was demolished in 1902, the same year this photo was taken. Today, the National Academy of Design is located at 15 Gramercy Park South.

The three-story Lyceum Theatre building was erected in 1885 and operated until 1902, when it was demolished to make way for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower.


National Academy of Design




National Academy of Design


Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church

The former buildings facing Fourth Avenue, between 22nd Street and 23rd Street. The Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church and the YMCA.


Antique photos of NYC


Antique photographs


4th Avenue NY

Southwest corner of 23rd St. Weeks before its opening. The National Academy is to the right.


National Academy Design


Park Avenue South


Mills & Gibbs Building

Buildings between 22nd and 23rd streets. The building that replaced the Academy is to the right.


Fredricks' Photographic Temple of Art


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