Manhattan’s glorious Gilded Age is beautifully expressed in this 25’ wide, approximately 12,729 sq. ft. mansion with 22 rooms, 9 bedrooms, 7 baths, 3 terraces, garden, and soaring 13’ ceilings on the drawing room floor, culminating in superbly scaled rooms and one of the most beautiful spaces in Manhattan. Built in 1895, and located on a richly architected townhouse block off Fifth Avenue, adjacent to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the important 6 story neo-classical limestone façade with beautiful gated garden forecourt, was designed by the architect, Henry Andersen, and inspired by the leading architectural firm of its time, McKim, Mead and White.
Masterfully renovated with a modern spin by architect Stephen Wang, the splendid interiors retain their turn-of-the-century details, including 6 marble fireplaces, inlaid flooring of various woods, intricate moldings, exquisite wrought iron and brass balustrade, tall Ionic columns framing the drawing room, and large, deep casement windows allowing wonderful light throughout the house.
The configuration of the floor plan is elegant and efficient with the Garden Floor opening to the grand entrance gallery with marble and onyx floor, sweeping staircase with beautiful balustrade, a coat closet and powder room. Located in the rear of the Garden Floor is the expansive chef’s kitchen, perfect for preparation of family dinners or large scale entertaining, and equipped with Miele, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, including two dishwashers, three ovens and two sinks. An adjacent informal family dining room with solarium windows, is located off the landscaped garden with seating areas for relaxing with family and friends. There is also a commodious laundry room with two washers and a dryer, and powder room.
The Second Floor, which is a grand party space and can easily accommodate 100 people, offers a long enfilade of the exquisitely scaled south facing drawing room, opulent parlor with grand piano, and large formal dining room, all with fireplaces and 13 ft. ceilings. There is also an adjacent bar, butler’s pantry and large terrace.
The south facing paneled library with fireplace and coffered ceiling is located on the Third Floor, as well as the grand master bedroom suite with fireplace and solarium, his and her marble baths and two dressing rooms, one of which is a unique lofted dressing room.
The Fourth Floor is a perfect children's oasis, and offers four bedrooms, one with a fireplace. Two spacious baths, laundry room, and a large planted terrace complete the floor.
For family gatherings, the Fifth Floor consists of an expansive recreation/media room with surround sound audio system, ping pong room, and guest bedroom with en suite bath.
Peaceful zen moments can be found on the Sixth Floor on a lovely bamboo lined yoga terrace off the gym with solarium windows. There is also a kitchen with dining area, living room, two to three bedrooms, walk-in cedar closet and two baths.
The elevator services all 6 levels including lower level, where a large wine cellar and storage rooms are located. There is central air conditioning, a sprinkler system, double pane windows with motorized treatments, a Crestron smart home audio visual and WiFi system, and a security system.
This is one of Manhattan’s great mansions, offering a glorious lifestyle in one of the most culturally sophisticated milieux of Manhattan.