Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #48

The Steinway Mansion

Architect: Unknown
Style: Villa
Use: Residential
Opened: 1858
Borough: Queens

There is no record who the architect of the greatest building in Queens was. But after the original owner Benjamin Pike sold it, the house became integrally linked to the name of William Steinway. The manufacturer of the greatest pianos in the world lived in this house in the northeastern reaches of Astoria. He also built transit companies and tunnels under the East River, enhancing Queens’ participation in the pace and flow of the city. Today, the mansion is in need of restoration, and is the primary focus of The Friends of Steinway Mansion who seek to buy it and turn it into a museum and educational center.


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