11 West 54th Street
Hello! I too went to Rhodes...from 1967 to 1971.
I contacted the NYC Landmark Commission and asked why 11 W. 54th St. was declared a landmark...This was their reply..
"The 9-11 West 54th Street house (aka James J. Goodwin residence) was designated a landmark in 2/3/1981. It was designated for several reasons. It was build in 1896-98 for James Junius Goodwin, designed in the Neo-Georgian style by the firm of McKim, Mead & White, and remains an excellant example of their residental work. The house is also a handsome reminder of the fasionable townhouses that once characterized the West 50's between 5th and 6th Avenues during the turn of the century, and is one of an ensemble of 5 townhouses on West 54th St. The design for the double house at 9-11 West 54th St. derives from Charles Bulfinch's third Harrison Gray Otis townhouse, built on Beacon St. in Boston in 1806."
Then in 1898 the same architects that designed the Rhodes buildings at 9-11 West 54th St., McKim, Mead and White, designed the University Club on the corner of Rhodes at 1 West 54th St. You must remember that building while you were at Rhodes. It had all of the limos in front and had a steady stream of sophisticated individuals going in and out.....
You also asked about the Rockefeller's involvement on the block?? David Rockefeller was born at 10 West 54th Street across the street from Rhodes on June 12th, 1915. It was a 9 story townhouse. His family then bought the townhouse next door because they had so much art work. They then bought the 2 townhouses next to Rhodes at 13-15 West 54th St. Nelson Rockefeller died in 1979 at 15 West 54th St. In all they had 5 townhouses on 54th St. 54th Street a very impressive block to go to High School on.
Feel free to contact me at my Email address concerning Rhodes and 54th Street. Carol Kochta '71