The Organ in the Entrance Hall of the Carnegie Mansion

ID: 95-20300

Creator: Cunningham, Bill

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1974

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 267, Box 105, Folder: 25

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The organ in the elaborately paneled front hall of the Carnegie Mansion, today the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, as seen from the grand stair. Carnegie hired renowned New York organist Walter Dale to come to the house to play each morning at 7am, so that he could be awakened to the sounds of his favorite music. The photograph shows preparations for a March 1974 benefit auction.


  • Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


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stamp on back of photograph: Bill Cunningham, 881 7th Ave., N.Y.C, JU 2-0457

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 267, Box 105, Folder: 25

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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  • Museum buildings
  • Decoration and ornament
  • Architecture
  • Organs
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • New Galleries
  • Decorative arts
  • Museums--New York City


New York City


  • Photographic print
  • Interior

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Interior; Medium: Photographic print

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