View of the Pitkin House and East Avenue
20 3/8 x 30 1/4 in. (51.8 x 76.8 cm)
Charles Willson, Jr.
(1826 - 1901, Fordham, NY)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Gift of Maurice R. Forman
Location: Not currently on view
The building that currently is the Boy Scout headquarters – 474 East Avenue, near Prince Street – was formerly a private home. It was originally built for William Pitkin, a druggist who became banker, mayor of the city, and married Sophia Rochester, daughter of Rochester’s founder.
After the Pitkins moved closer to downtown (legend says that Sophia missed living near her parents, who lived on Spring Street – East Avenue was considered out in the country in those days), the home became the residence of Daniel Powers, self-made millionaire. In 1906, a third story was added to the building.
[Gallery label text, 2007]