Founded in 1981 by Mayor Edward I. Koch, his Chief of Staff, Diane S. Coffey, and its charter Board Chair, Joan K. Davidson, The Gracie Mansion Conservancy is a private not-for-profit corporation established to preserve, maintain, enhance, and enliven Gracie Mansion – one of the oldest surviving wood structures in Manhattan and home to the sitting mayors of New York City and their families since 1942, when the LaGuardias arrived as the first official residents.
Its mission is to serve as the mansion’s curator, interpreter, and programmer and in turn to secure the charitable resources required to implement these intertwined tasks. While the City of New York through the Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for day-to-day operations and the capital infrastructure of the Mansion, the Conservancy raises partnership funds to restore and decorate the historic interior and provide public access via tours, programs, and diverse media platforms. The goal is not only to illustrate the rich history of New York, but also to press this context of continuity into service in helping to shape the City’s dynamic future.
All contributions to the Conservancy are tax-deducible to the full extent allowed by law.