Veltin School for Girls was a private school founded by Louise Veltin[a] in 1886 in Manhattan, New York. Veltin and Isabelle Dwight Sprague Smith were the school's principals.[6][7]

The school was initially located at 175 West 73rd Street,[8] but moved in 1892[8] to a five-story building located at 160–192 W. 74th Street. It prepared girls for education at Wellesley, Bryn Mawr, Vassar, Barnard and other colleges. In addition to classrooms, it had an art department, study rooms, an auditorium, a library and a gymnasium.[6][7] It was particularly noted for its French language and art instruction[9] and advanced classes, like physics, astronomy, and physiology. Robert Henri taught art, and Frank and Clara Damrosch taught music.[10] It was also called, or also had, the Veltin Studio at the location.[11]

Lillian Link, a graduate of the school, led an effort to raise the funds among other alumni for the construction of the Veltin Studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in 1912 in honor of Louise Veltin's role as an educator and philanthropist. Veltin sat on the board of the MacDowell Colony, and Link was later a resident artist at the colony. Link also managed the fund-raising for the Isabelle Sprague Smith Studio in 1915. Sprague Smith was a member of the MacDowell Club and a corporate member of the MacDowell Colony memorial association.[10]

The school was sold in 1924[12] to the De La Salle Institute. It is now the site of the Robert L. Beir Lower School Building of the Calhoun School, a co-educational private school.[13]

Notable people



  1. ^ Louise Veltin, also Louise de l'Veltin,[1] was born in Paris, France, on January 8, 1856.[2] Her parents were also born in France. Her mother was Henrietta, and her step-father was Victor Spaenhoven / Spenhoven, who dealt in second-hand furniture.[3] Veltin emigrated to the United States in 1864.[2] In 1880, she taught French,[3] and she became a naturalized citizen in 1893. She lived at 29 West 68th Street in New York,[2] as did the Sprague Smith family.[4][5] Veltin died on January 7, 1934, in New York.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Louise de L Veltin", Index to New York City Deaths 1862-1948, New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives, January 7, 1934
  2. ^ a b c "Louise Veltin passport application", NARA Series: Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Roll #: 100; Volume #: Roll 0100 - Certificates: 19075-19974, 20 Jan 1910-05 Feb 1910, Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), January 22, 1910
  3. ^ a b "Louise Veltin", Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29, Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1930
  4. ^ "Miss Sprague Smith Weds Contess's Son". The New York Times. November 2, 1915. p. 11. Retrieved February 3, 2017 – via
  5. ^ American Art Annual. MacMillan Company. 1903. p. 373.
  6. ^ a b Who's Who in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporaries. 1909. p. 1106.
  7. ^ a b "The Veltin School for Girls". The Independent. Jul 6, 1914. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "LOUISE VELTIN DIES; GIRLS' SCHOOL HEAD; For 37 Years She Conducted an Educational Institution in New York". The New York Times. January 8, 1934. p. 17. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  9. ^ The Handbook of Private Schools. P. Sargent. 1916. p. 169.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The MacDowell Colony" (PDF). Signature: 25, 27, 28. June 2008. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  11. ^ The Artists Year Book: A Handy Reference Book Wherein May be Found Interesting Data Pertaining to Artists, and Their Studio, Home and Summer Addresses ... Art League Publishing Association. 1905. p. 187.
  12. ^ Barbara Harback; Diane H. Touliatos-Banker; Diane Touliatos-Miles (January 1, 2010). Women in the Arts: Eccentric essays in music, visual arts and literature. Cambridge Scholars. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-4438-1672-4.
  13. ^ "The Calhoun School (bottom of the page)". The Calhoun School. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  14. ^ Bennard B. Perlman; Arthur Bowen Davies (1998). The Lives, Loves, and Art of Arthur B. Davies. SUNY Press. pp. 113–114. ISBN 978-0-7914-3835-0.
  15. ^ Dominique H. Vasseur (2007). Edna Boies Hopkins: Strong in Character, Colorful in Expression. Ohio University Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-8214-1769-0.
  16. ^ Jeffrey Weidman; Oberlin College Library (2000). Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900: A Biographical Dictionary. Kent State University Press. p. 423. ISBN 978-0-87338-616-6.
  17. ^ "Who's Who in California". Who's Who Publishing Company. 1943. pp. 158–235. Retrieved February 3, 2017 – via
  18. ^ Crete Cage (October 9, 1938). "Social Leader Takes Interest in Youth". The Los Angeles Times. p. 65. Retrieved February 3, 2017 – via
  19. ^ David Bernard Dearinger (2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826-1925. Hudson Hills. p. 276. ISBN 978-1-55595-029-3.
  20. ^ Metropolitan Museum of Art; Carrie Rebora Barratt; Lori Zabar (1 January 2010). American Portrait Miniatures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 262. ISBN 978-1-58839-357-9.