The sea-inspired windows of a Midtown clubhouse

Yachtclubphoto1901West 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues is packed with architectural gems.

It’s kind of a clubhouse and hotel district, with the headquarters of the Harvard Club and General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen there, as well as the old Algonquin and Iroquois Hotels.

Still, I think the six-story headquarters of the New York Yacht Club just might be the most enchanting building of all.

It all comes down to those incredible nautical-themed windows, with their shells, seaweed, and raging dolphins.

Completed in 1900, the “street side of the building is regarded as one of the most expressive examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the country,” states the NYYC website.


“It draws on a number of classic motifs,” the NYYC website explains.

Yachtclubwindowcloseup“But its hallmark is the elaborate bay windows set into sculpted framework depicting the sterns of fancifully carved baroque sailing vessels, with garlands of seaweed and shells hanging from wave-like consoles and dolphins spewing into the overhanging wakes of the departing ships.”

Inside the clubhouse, things look pretty spectacular as well, as these NYYC photos and a virtual tour of one of the rooms reveal.

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5 Responses to “The sea-inspired windows of a Midtown clubhouse”

  1. Wendy Oborne Says:

    Wonderful post! I just started a part-time volunteer gig at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society which is headquartered across the street from the Yacht Club and this building is truly a thing of beauty. I attended a holiday party there years ago and the inside is just as nice.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thanks! And you get to look out at those windows whenever you’re volunteering–nice!

  3. chas Says:

    Seeing these windows makes me think of the architecture of Antoni Gaudi who has designed some elaborate structures in Barcelona Spain (a little ways from the city)…

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Great observation. Now every time I view the photos, all I think of is Gaudi!

  5. Sharon Florin Says:

    Love that facade, so much so I did a small painting of it several years ago. just don’t build ’em that way anymore.

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