42nd ANNUAL KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE TO TRANSFORM NEW YORK'S HISTORIC VILLARD MANSION
IN SHOW HOUSE FIRST
BRONX, NY (March 5, 2014) – In its forty-second year, the internationally-recognized Kips Bay Decorator Show House hosted by New York’s most prominent youth organization, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, will make an unprecedented venue shift this spring as it takes over Manhattan’s quintessential mansion at 457 Madison Avenue, The Mansion on Madison.
Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s most luxurious shopping district, the famed building which was originally the north wing of the famous Villard House, is connected by a grand courtyard to adjacent luxury hotel, The New York Palace. This spring, the gilded-era mansion will invite the world’s leading interior designers to revive its historic interiors before opening to the public for one month beginning Thursday, May 1.
“We’re honored to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the splendor and elegance of a long-standing icon of old New York, and invite the world into one of the nation’s most legendary landmarks to raise funds for New York’s youth,” said Show House Chair and celebrated interior designer Bunny Williams.
Designed and built by architecture firm McKim, Mead & White in 1884 on the Southeast corner of 51st Street and Madison Avenue, the Renaissance-inspired Villard Houses were constructed by Henry Villard, President of the Northern Pacific Railway, to serve as six private yet connected brownstones. Renovated in 2011, the six-story and 26,190 square-foot Mansion on Madison boasts a grand staircase, landmarked hallways with marble floors, 16-foot high ceilings with elegant moldings, multiple Italian marble fireplaces, and a carved paneled room with barrel-vaulted ceilings.
“Rooted in history, the opulence of The Mansion on Madison speaks for itself. Until now, a venue of this scale is one that no show house has ever dreamt of taking on,” said James Druckman, President and CEO of the New York Design Center, and President of the Board of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. “We’re excited to elevate this year’s show house to an untapped level and offer unique amenities through our partnership with The New York Palace.”
Proceeds from the Decorator Show House, which attracts an estimated 15,000 visitors each year, benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which offers innovative after-school and enrichment programs for more than 11,000 youth, ages 6 through 18, in ten locations throughout the Bronx.
“This year’s Show House represents a marriage of two great New York institutions - the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, and The Mansion on Madison on the property of the New York Palace,” said David Chase, General Manager of The New York Palace. “There’s no organization more respected that we’d rather partner with than the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to fuse together a historic and modern New York.”
2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, the following events will be held at The Mansion on Madison:
- Wednesday, March 12 - Show House Pre-Renovation Party, 6-8pm
- Tuesday, April 22 - Annual President’s Dinner; Cipriani 42nd Street; 7-10pm
- Thursday, April 24 - Wednesday, April 30 -press days held weekdays only by appointment only; please contact Susan Magrino Agency to schedule
- Wednesday, April 30 - Opening Night Cocktails, 6-9 pm
- Thursday, May 1 - Thursday, May 29 - Show House open to the public Monday – Saturday: 11am – 5pm, Tuesday & Thursday until 8pm; Sunday: 12pm – 5pm; Tickets to tour the Show House are $35
About Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club
Since 1915, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has focused on improving and enhancing the lives of New York City's children who are economically, socially or recreationally disadvantaged. Each year, Kips Bay offers innovative programs to more than 11,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 at ten locations throughout the Bronx, with essential afterschool programs aimed to help them recognize their potential for growth and success. Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City and a "flagship" of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For more information, please visit www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.
Kips Bay Decorator Show House
Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art, and technology. This event began in 1973 when several dedicated supporters of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club launched the Decorator Show House to raise critical funds for much needed after school and enrichment programs for New York City children. Over the course of four decades, this project has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and is renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world.
The Show House receives as many as 15,000 guests annually from across the nation. Since its inception, the Show House has raised over $19 million for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.
About The New York Palace
The New York Palace, a luxury midtown hotel on the corner of 50th & Madison, recently completed a $140 million redesign in the fall of 2013. The renovation transformed the property’s premier rooms and suites in The Towers, a hotel-within-a-hotel. Additional upgrades included new lobbies, specialty suites and six new restaurants and bars – two of which are helmed by renowned Chef Michel Richard. With 909 rooms and suites, The Palace is known for unparalleled splendor, spectacular views, spacious rooms and exquisite service. Located across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and only steps from Rockefeller Center -- the hotel’s world-renowned courtyard incorporates motifs from several 15th-century Italian cathedrals and has served as the entranceway to the historic Mansion on Madison since 1882. The New York Palace gracefully blends the landmark Mansion on Madison with a contemporary 55-story tower. Guests can reserve accommodations online at www.newyorkpalace.com or contact reservations at 1-800-NY-PALACE (1-800-697-2522).