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1130 Fifth Ave
(originally the Willard and Dorothy Whitney Straight House, then the 
National Aubudon Society, then the International Center for 


Delano & Aldrich


1130 Fifth Ave, At East 94th.












The black shutters go fantastically with the red brick and limestone trim. Much more graceful than the usual neo-Federal Delano & Aldrich stuff.
Andrew S.Dolkart, "Touring The Upper East Side, Walks in Five Historic 
Districts" (The New York Landmarks Conservancy, 1995):

"For the Straights, Delano & Aldrich provided one of its boldest 
designs; one inspired in large part by Sir Christopher Wren's late 17th 
Century wing at Hampton Court Palace near London (this is especially 
evident in the use of round windows). The Baroque quality of Wren's 
building was tempered by the flat, refined Neo-classical forms that are 
Delano & Aldrich's hallmark. Especially lovely details are the 
wrought-iron peacock set above the entrance and the carved birds 
pecking at a bowl of fruit and the frieze o the central second story 

Mr. Dolkart also remarked that the "main hall, with its black and white 
marble floor and Adamesque ceiling embellished with painted rondels, is 
worth a visit."

Henry Hope Reed, "Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York" (Dover 
Publications Inc., 1988):

"There is a cerain sober, subdued touch in the work of Delano & 
Aldrich. It is found in their Greenwich House in Greenwich Village, in 
the headquarters of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia at 
Park Avenue and East 93 Street, and in the private houses now occupied 
by St. David's School at 12 East 89 Street. Nowhere is their touch 
better exemplified than here, where it lies in the use of a good red 
brick and marble (rather than the customary limestone) trim. It is the 
firm's favorite style, English Georgian, treated severely. At the 
ground floor, the windows are small, and even the doorway is modest, 
although it has a pair of engaged Tuscan columns. As always in these 
houses, the accent is on thesecond story, where the tall windows extend 
to the floor. The otherwise simple facade at this point has as a modest 
accent the window over the entrance with a stone frame and pediment. 
The round windows at the top at a Delano & Aldrich signature...."
Since its founding in 1974 by Cornell Capa in the historic Straight House on Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile, ICP has presented over 450 exhibitions, bringing the work of more than 2,500 photographers and other artists to the public in one-person and group exhibitions. ICP was founded as an institution to keep the legacy of 'Concerned Photography' alive. After the untimely deaths of his brother, Robert Capa, and colleagues Werner Bischof and David "Chim" Seymour in the mid 1950s, Capa saw the need to keep their humanitarian documentary work relevant and visible to the public eye. After a long search, he found 1130 Fifth Avenue and made it the Center's home.

The Straight House was completed in 1915 for the family of Willard Straight, which lived in the Georgian mansion until 1927. The house passed through several private hands before becoming the home of the Audubon Society in 1953. After ICP's tenure, the house returns to individual ownership and will be renovated as a private home.

Since its beginnings, enormous growth has occurred in every aspect of the institution including exhibitions, collections, education programs and staff. In 1989, a satellite facility, ICP Midtown, was created to help accommodate this growth. Over the years, as ICP continued to grow, it became clear that further expansion was not possible in the Uptown location and plans were made for the major redesign and reconstruction of the Midtown location to meet the challenges of the flourishing museum, educational and community programs. In the fall of 1999, the headquarters building at 1130 Fifth Avenue was sold.


The newly expanded galleries, located at 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, were designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects for the display of photography and new media with state-of-the-art lighting, climate control systems and digital presentation systems. The reopening of the 17,000 square foot site marked the first major exhibition from ICP's collection and inauguration of ICP's New Art for Web and Wall Series featuring multimedia exhibitions. The new facility more than doubles the previous exhibition space and becomes the new headquarters for ICP's public exhibitions programs.

The expansion of the School of the International Center of Photography opening in the Fall of 2001 created an exciting Midtown campus. The new 27,000 square-foot site, diagonally across from the Museum, in the Grace Building at 1114 Avenue of the Americas, allows ICP to greatly expand programming and community outreach. ICP's educational programming includes instruction, interpretation, and critical discourse in the areas of theory, practice, and the history of photography. The architecture firm Gensler designed the new school facility.