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The Irish American Historical Society on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

The Irish American Historical Society on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

The Irish American Historical Society on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

The headquarters of the American Irish Historical Society (AIHS) on Manhattan's glitzy Fifth Avenue has been listed for sale.

The beautiful building has been put on the market for a whopping $52m, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The news comes just a week after proud Irish American and Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the USA.

Biden, the 46th President, is seen as being a massive ally to Ireland and Irish Americans.

The beautiful old mansion is a landmark on Fifth Avenue even though it is sandwiched between two much larger buildings, and has long been revered by Irish-Americans because of its prominent location in the heart of one of the world's most famous thoroughfares.

The building was designed in the style of Beaux-Arts, a French style which incorporated Gothic and Renaissance elements.

The AIHS was initially founded in 1897 as a response to the Scots-Irish (Ulster-Scots) Society which was founded in 1889.

The most famous member of the society since its inception was President Theodore Roosevelt, but in recent years members have included doctors, lawyers and writers, as well as some famous names such as Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson.

The building featured as the butt of a joke from Donald Trump rival Michael Bloomberg, who was the New York mayor at the time, and who quipped about seeing "totally inebriated" Irish people hanging from the balcony of the building on St Patrick's Day.

He was later forced to apologise for the joke - as the membership of the AIHS are known for their respectable and reserved social events.

In a statement on the sale of the building, a spokesperson from the AIHS said: "The American Irish Historical Society is placing its present headquarters at 991 Fifth Avenue on the market. The building, which has been the Society's headquarters since 1940, was designed by James R Turner and William G Killian in 1901 as a private residence and has had three previous owners.

"Before moving to 991 Fifth Avenue, the Society was based first at the old Manhattan Hotel, then the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and then at 132 East 16th Street. The AIHS is a cultural and scholarly organisation devoted to making better known the history of the Irish in the United States as well as to celebrating the riches of Irish culture globally.

“The decision to place the building on the market has been made in order to best enable the Society to pursue its cultural and scholarly mission in a sustainable manner. The Society has selected the firm Brown Harris Stevens to represent the sale of the property."

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