Birthplace of American Author to Get Commemorative Plaque

Edith Wharton House, 14 West 23rd Street- 10-5-2011

Wednesday, October 5, 11:30am

14 West 23rd Street

Join HDC and the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center for a ceremony commemorating the life and work of Edith Wharton, author of “The House of Mirth” and “The Age of Innocence”.  Born in 1862 at 14 West 23rd Street in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District,  Wharton was a chronicler of New York City’s Gilded Age and trendsetter for her generation.

The Plaque is part of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center’s Cultural Medallion program. The Center, chaired by Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel (HDC’s 2011 Landmarks Lion), has installed almost 100 medallions around New York City to heighten public awareness of New York’s cultural and social history.

Read more about this program and the plaque in the Wall Street Journal article “Addressing History”.

Image: Photograph taken in Newport, Rhode Island, of author Edith Wharton, wearing hat with a feather, coat with fur trim, and a fur muff. Image courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University by way of Wikipedia.

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