This exceptionally elegant and meticulous 32 wide home with double garage and elevator is ideally situated midblock on one of the most architecturally significant townhouse streets on the Upper East Side. Originally the seamless combination of two houses in 1915 by British-born American architect Frederick Sterner, also the architect for the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, the home was subsequently remodeled by F. Burrall Hoffman Jr., most notably the architect of James Deerings Villa Viscaya in Miami. This remarkable and historic home is built around a sunny central courtyard and features a full width rear Great Room which is distinguished by its detachment from the main house and voluminous vaulted 20 ceilings. Spread over 5 floors encompassing approximately 9,000sf including 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 4 half baths, the home has been completely renovated and restored while being respectful to preserve its distinctive character.
A gated entry through a front court leads to a separate entry gallery which greets you on the garden level. This level includes a particularly handsome dining room with a wood burning fireplace and exceptional millwork which opens on to the landscaped central courtyard. An adjacent corridor leads to the marvelously proportioned Great Room which punctuates the home with 20 ceilings, a gas fireplace and a sensational wrought iron arched doorway leading to the central court.
Upstairs, the Parlor level captivates with its enviably detailed Library featuring dark oak wood paneling, wood burning fireplace and magnificent 11.5' original plaster ceilings. The Library offers a cozy contrast to the other main rooms on this level; an adjacent wood paneled sitting room with Marston & Langinger solarium, an elegant formal dining room with wood burning fireplace and a delightful windowed eat-in main kitchen which works in tandem with three butlers pantries throughout the home to facilitate entertaining on various scales. The 3rd floor master bedroom suite with a wood burning fireplace and combined sitting area overlooks the central court and includes a luxuriously vast windowed master bath. Across the landing, a guest suite with wood burning fireplace includes an expansive windowed bath and dressing room. The 4th floor is comprised of two bedrooms and a spectacular sitting room with wood burning fireplace, 12 ceilings with intricate moldings and floor to ceiling windows which echo the scale of the room. Completing the layout, the top floor includes an eye catching sun-flooded glass-ceiling solarium, adjacent music room/media room with wood burning fireplace and home office.
This home offers a superb opportunity for a discerning buyer to acquire an undoubtedly rare and impeccably maintained townhouse offering the privacy of a garage and a distinguished provenance.
Architect Frederick Sterner lived at 154 East 63rd Street in 1915 and was also responsible for creating two houses across the street at No. 153, currently in near original shape, and the Maurice Brill house at No. 163. During this period, Sterner hired architect Rosario Candela who went on to design many prominent buildings on the Upper East Side.
Courtesy Of The Corcoran Group
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