Gramercy Park Hotel Plaque

For 18 years this plaque was displayed upon New York City’s Gramercy Park Hotel. From 1889 until his death, Ingersoll lived in a brownstone on the site, facing Gramercy Park. His was one of several residences demolished to make way for Gramercy Park Hotel, which opened in 1925. Thomas Edison, Luther Burbank, Margaret Sanger, and others donated a plaque marking the hotel as the site of Ingersoll’s residence.

Damaged by vandals, the 1925 plaque was replaced in 1988 by the Robert Green Ingersoll Memorial Committee and members of the Secular Humanist Society of New York.

When real estate mogul Ian Schrager rehabilitated the hotel in 2006, historical markers were disallowed. Secular humanists Warren Allen Smith and Dennis Middlebrooks retrieved the 1988 plaque from the hotel and donated it to the Birthplace Museum.