Glorious Elegance: Exquisitely renovated, this five story 1853 Anglo-Italianate single family townhouse is located in Greenwich Village's lower Fifth Avenue's Gold Coast.
Grand scale, soaring ceiling heights and beautiful proportions create a home that is both luxurious and inviting. Using historic elements sourced from Philadelphia's Independence Hall to the streets of Bologna, detailed attention has been paid throughout this two year renovation. Bathed in sunlight with floor to ceiling casement windows on almost every level, this beautiful residence offers every modern convenience while respecting the integrity of the original design and architecture.
Through double arched doors a generous reception room welcomes you with a stunning 18th Century English fireplace. The spectacular formal dining room is a masterpiece. The owners paid tribute Gloria Vanderbilt Whitney's nearby sculpture studio hiring artists of the New York Studio School to create murals resembling the studio's famed flame adorned ceiling and fireplace. Adjacent to the dining room is a prep kitchen. French doors open out into a delightful south facing garden. This floor also has a powder room renovated to perfection with antique fixtures that complement the era of the home.
The kitchen was an exceptional undertaking. There are heated floors, paved with stones imported from the streets of Bologna Italy. The marble counters were sourced from Philadelphia. All the appliances are professional level. Inspired by a house in Florence the owners had a wood-burning fireplace outfitted with an industrial style crank which lifts and lowers a grill above the flames, and a wall of windows opens on to a terraced landscaped garden with outdoor BBQ making this an ideal home for either grand entertaining or intimate dinner parties.. There's also a pantry, a powder room and an inviting family room with wood burning fireplace with 19th Century marble mantle from France on this level.
Up the sweeping staircase, where the walls have been finished with a plaster mural by Jake Solomon, one arrives to the "Piano Nobile?, historically designed to have the most elegant entertaining rooms in the home. Here there is a stunning lacquered library with an enormous wood burning hearth, and a romantic music/sitting room with dramatic floor to ceiling English wood carved wood burning fireplace. Among the house's crowning jewels is a fully stocked art deco bar with mirrored gilded walls fashioned after Claridge's in London.
The master suite occupies the entire fourth floor, with a romantic bedroom with gas fireplace at the rear that connects to the bathroom by way of a fabulous walk thru closet. The sumptuous bath was converted from a bedroom and has a gas fireplace, free standing bath and an early 20th century shower.
The fifth floor offers three marvelous bedrooms, two with fireplaces, and two full baths making this a sanctuary for friends and family.
Rich in detail and luxury, this incredible home was published in Harper's Bazaar in 2014
Listing Agent: Patricia Isen
Courtesy of: Douglas Elliman 575 Madison Ave
Office Phone: 212.891.7000
Updated: 26th April, 2018 11:45 PM.
58 West 9th St New York, NY