A Change of Hands
Fletcher died in 1917 and it was then the building ended up with Sinclair, after briefly being held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sinclair’s only modification it is said was the addition of a player organ by 1922, just before the Teapot Dome scandal broke. Sinclair served a brief sentence and when he returned to New York was so disgraced that he reluctantly decided to put his home and refuge up for sale to leave the city permanently. It was purchased by the last remaining heir of the Stuyvesants. When Augustus died in 1953 it eventually ended up with the Ukranian Institute of America.