In October, 1897, Commodore J. Pierpont Morgan began a tradition of philanthropy at New York Yacht Club by donating the property on which the 44th Street club house ws built. Today, the club house is on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by Whitney Warren and Charles D. Wetmore, the building is considered one of the preeminent examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the world.

Maintenance of this historic club house requires long-term planning and significant financial support. Donations to the New York Yacht Club Foundation ensure the necessary work can be done to preserve the building façade and restore magnificent rooms like the Model Room.

“Upon these walls space must be provided  for the models now in the Club’s possession.”
William Ware
Dean, Columbia School of Architecture
Author, Architectural Requirements for New Clubhouse Committee, 1897

In the spirit of Commodore J.P. Morgan nearly 100 years later, a small group of foresighted Club members led the planning and acquisition of Harbour Court. Formerly the Brown family residence, Harbour Court was designed by Boston-based Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson. The Renaissance Norman-style mansion was completed in 1906, with grounds designed by Olmsted Brothers. Harbour Court is considered of one of Newport’s great early twentieth-century houses.

In 2016, the New York Yacht Club received the prestigious Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award from the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport for the façade restoration. The façade work and award would have not been possible without the support of the New York Yacht Club Foundation toward the over $1 million cost of the multi-year project.

“On this day we called Harbour Court home”
Natalie Bayard Brown
Brown family guestbook, 1906

The mission of the New York Yacht Club Foundation is the preservation of the historic clubhouse at 37 West 44th Street in New York City and the equally historic main house and property at Harbour Court in Newport, RI. The preservation of these magnificent and treasured buildings is central to the Club’s history and will be accomplished through a long-term program of qualifying project grants. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

“These buildings represent so much to American history,  and to adventurers everywhere who have sailed the open seas.”
William Matthew Brooks
President, New York Yacht Club Foundation

Founded in 2008, the New York Yacht Club Foundation has contributed $2.5 million to fund much needed capital projects in both New York and Newport.

Looking ahead to the next 10 years, there is still much more to be done to ensure the club houses are preserved for generations to come. The care and maintenance of these historic building require constant attention and is only made possible by the support of the New York Yacht Club Foundation.

There are many ways to contribute to the lasting legacy of the New York Yacht Club. Donations to the Foundation can be made in cash via wire transfer, securities, appreciated property, planned giving, annual pledge, and employer matching gifts. The Foundation will consider donations-in-kind on a case by case basis.

For more information or assistance with making a contribution, please contact the Foundation by calling or emailing

William Mathews Brooks
212 201-4332
rewmb1@aol.com