1048 Fifth Avenue is the current home of The Neue Galerie, a museum devoted almost exclusively to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design. The property, which is a true mansion on Fifth Avenue, was built in 1913 in the Beaux-Arts style and designed by Carrère and Hastings, an acclaimed architecture firm of the period, also responsible for the New York Public Library. The commission was by William Starr and Edith Warren Miller as their private residence. Late owned and occupied by Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III. In 1994 it was purchased by Ronald Lauder and his close friend gallery owner Serge Sabarsky, with the purpose to become a museum, although it wasn’t until Sabarsky passed away in 1996 that the project was realized.
1048 is a beautiful building, that has been meticulously maintained over the years and is an excellent and approachable example of the Beaux-Arts style in NYC, as a public museum, one also able to freely experience and wander about the interiors.