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Seventeen Beekman Place is one of the most prestigious addresses in New York, and one of the last stately residences built in Manhattan. Nestled in an elegant enclave overlooking the East River, the imposing townhouse played a storied role in American history, and now houses the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg's representatives in the heart of the city. Designed by architect Harold Sterner and completed in 1932, the residence was commissioned by young Wall Street banker James V. Forrestal on the brink of the Great Depression. Forrestal lived there for eight years before moving to Washington, D.C., to begin a istinguished government career that would lead to his appointment as the first U.S. Secretary of Defense. In 1946, the celebrated songwriter Irving Berlin-whose all-time greatest hit, Annie Get Your Gun, was playing on Broadway at the time-purchased 17 Beekman Place. He lived there for more than four decades, until his death in 1989. In 1990, the Luxembourg government acquired the house, transforming it into a unique venue for diplomatic initiatives, economic endeavors, tourism promotion, and cultural events. The Luxembourg House on Beekman Place brings to life the story of this remarkable residence in three intimate portraits of its prominent inhabitants-their lives, work, and experiences in this special setting.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: The Consulate General of Luxembourg in New York; 1St Edition edition (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615353584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615353586
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bridget Stone on July 5, 2011
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This novel is really something special. It captures 3 fascinating stories which are uniquely interconnected and intertwined over time, and makes for a great and easy read. There was just an article in the New York Times on it! I recommend anyone who enjoys a bit of history to read this!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bellczar on December 4, 2013
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This is an excellent house history. The book was published by the government of Luxembourg to celebrate their New York consular residence. I purchased it because I'm a scholar of the work of Irving Berlin; I had the good fortune to stand on the steps of this house while Berlin was still alive. The author acquired a wealth of photographs and information about the house from the Berlin family and the family of the original owners of the house, Defense Secretary James Forrestal. The book even reproduces the floor plan.

Having authored a house history involving my own family, I recognize how much valuable work went into this book.
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