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Chanler’s House of Fantasy

The giraffed archways of 147 East 19th Street once marked a social center of the high society arts community in New York. The home was residence of Robert Winthrop Chanler- a mural artist who came from a long line of New York blue bloods-with lines meshed in the Astors, Stuyvesants, Delanos and Winthrops. After the requisite stint in Paris studying art in the 1890s, Chanler moved to New York in the early 1900s and set up shop, famously showing his work at the first Armory Show in 1913.

Please forgive the poor quality! New pic coming soon

Please forgive the poor quality! New pic coming soon

His main patrons were also top society- Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Mai Rogers Coe, which both commissioned floor to ceiling murals in their Long Island homes (you can visit Coe’s gorgeous mansion in Oyster Bay). Along with other arty society guests, they’d join the company of caged sloths and monkeys at his Gramercy Park home, while ravens and toucans squawked along with the chatter, and a pool filled with angel fish, crabs, sea horses, eels and turtles would clamor together in his private pool. You know, regular art parties.

Mae Coe's Bedroom, ©Coe Hall Museum

Mae Coe’s Bedroom, ©Coe Hall Museum

Chanler painted fantastical animal screens, and decked out his own home in his work, including the giraffes that welcomed guests to his House of Fantasy.

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Who: Robert Winthrop Chanler

What: House of Fantasy/Giraffe Facade

Where: 147 East 19th Street

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