Listing of the Day
Location: Murray Hill, Manhattan
Price: $4.35 million
The seller of this unique pre-war apartment, Matthew White, is one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 designers, and it shows. Every inch is thoughtfully designed and outfitted with top-quality finishes to complement the irreplaceable gilded-age details of this historic building, originally erected by famed 19th-century architect Stanford White.
Retaining the apartment’s original ornate glasswork, wood paneling and coffered ceiling, Mr. White added many of the apartment’s unique features, such as the hidden bar in the double-height living room, which was originally the dining room.
Many of the doors on the first floor are also hidden panel doors.
The size equivalent of three townhouses, this landmarked building was built in the late 1800s and converted to a cooperative in 1977, according to John Barbato, the apartment’s agent.
This six-room apartment has two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. The apartment is approximately 2,400 square feet.
In addition to a library, the apartment also features state-of-the-art kitchen appliances including a Viking range and full height wine refrigerator.
White Webb, White’s design firm with business partner Frank Webb, was selected by Architectural Digest in 2006 to design the Green Rooms for the 79th annual Oscars and the 58th annual Emmys.
They have also worked on three projects in this same cooperative building.
The building, known as the Robb House, was built in 1888-92 as the residence of James Hampden Robb, a retired businessman and former state assemblyman and senator, and his wife Cornelia Van Rensselaer Robb.
It was one of the earlier townhouses designed in the Italian Renaissance revival style by McKim, Mead & White—the frontrunner among Beaux-Arts firms. The firm designed many houses for the rich as well as numerous public, institutional, and religious buildings.
Upon its completion, architectural critic Russell Sturgis wrote that it was “the most dignified structure in all the quarter of town, not a palace, but a fit dwelling house for a first-rate citizen,” according to the fifth edition of the “AIA Guide to New York City.”
According to Mr. Barbato, the building became the club house for The Advertising Club of New York (established in 1896 and originally called the Sphinx Club) from the 1920s through the 1960s. The building was then sold to a developer who converted it into a cooperative apartment house in 1977.
Agent: John Barbato, Stribling
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