Official Residence of the Mayor
Located within beautiful Carl Shurz Park, this historic house museum in Manhattan was constructed by a wealthy shipping merchant named Archibald Gracie and dates back to 1799. Since that time the mansion has played host to illustrious visitors such as Alexander Hamilton, Washington Irving and Nelson Mandela.
In 1942 Mayor LaGuardia first took up residence in Gracie Mansion with his family; the mansion has been designated as the Mayor of New York's official residence since that time, though the city's mayors have not always chosen to live there. If you'd like to visit historic homes in Manhattan, be sure to make Gracie Mansion one of your stops. Tours of the mansion are available on Wednesdays by reservation where visitors can see the richly decorated rooms and antique furnishings of one of Manhattan's oldest surving wooden structures.