998 Fifth Avenue is one of the original great luxury apartments on Fifth Avenue. Built in 1910 by James T. Lee (Jacqueline Onassis’ maternal grandfather) and designed by the venerable McKim, Mead and White, this Italian Reniassance-style palazzo building was intended to convince New York society who lived in grand town houses of the merits of apartment living, a new concept at the time.
Its residents have included former Senator Elihu Root, Murray Guggenheim, former U.S. Vice President Levi P. Morton and a granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. The building offers jewelry safes built into the walls of each apartment, refrigerated wine cellars, high ceilings and a lobby lined in Italian marble. With 12 floors and just 18 apartments, the apartments are extremely grand. The ninth- and 10th-floor apartments occupy the entire floor; the other floors are a mix of flats and duplex apartments, each palatial in size with high ceilings and large windows. The building is located across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. No financing permitted.