Take a peek inside a stately New York townhouse that marries old and new – DIRT
Many original features of this nearly 100-year-old townhouse on New York’s posh East 90th Street were inspired by the 18th-century Scottish architect. Robert Adam. A neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer, his influence is expressed in the ceilings with molded plaster details, the fireplaces scalloped with urns and garlands, the entrance with its pillared portico and the elegant volute of the staircase.
Landmark in 1974, the majestic structure was designed by architect Mott B. Schmidt and completed in 1928. It is known today as the Emily Trevor House, named after the wealthy socialite who owned it in the origin. (Trevor was from a prominent, if somewhat scandalous, former New York family in the present day; his brother, John B. Trevor Sr., was an influential lawyer and staunch nativist who was the architect of the immigration of 1924 which, among other things, banned Asian immigration.The xenophobic policy was replaced in 1965 by the Immigration and Nationality Act.)
According World Mansion, the first to report the listing, the house was occupied for a time by mega-wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie as he built his own townhouse a few doors down. However, since Carnegie’s death in 1919, nearly a decade before Trevor’s house was completed, it is likely that he occupied the house that previously stood where Trevor’s house had been built.
The current owners, who paid $14.3 million in 2020 and have redone much of it, are hoping to more than double their money, listing the red-brick townhouse at $29.5 million with David Mayer and Raphael Strunk of the MAS Group in Corcoran.
Recent renovations and updates include new floors, new plumbing and a new roof. Even the beautiful wood-paneled elevator features all new amenities. And at 26 feet wide, wider than most townhouses, and with over 12,000 square feet of living space, the townhouse is larger than most suburban macmansions. In all, there are five bedrooms, five bathrooms and three powder rooms, as well as ample indoor entertaining areas and a trio of outdoor areas.
The main entrance is at street level, with a huge entrance hall, two shower rooms and a separate service entrance which leads to the elegantly appointed kitchen diner, which opens onto the rear garden . Below is the basement, with a two-room gym, bathroom, laundry room, and tons of storage.
On the second floor, an epic 800 square foot living room, a dining room of almost equal proportions and a kitchen-style service kitchen with stairs leading to the kitchen. The living room and dining room have fireplaces, as does the beautifully paneled library on the third floor, which is complemented by a nearby bar and a powder room. The master bedroom, also on the third floor, has a fireplace, two walk-in closets and a sumptuous buff stone-lined bath, with an oculus above the bath.
The fourth and fifth floors, accessible by a spiral staircase covered in murals, are given over to four more bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as a multimedia lounge on the fourth floor and a games room and living room on the fifth. The spacious terrace on the fifth floor has a classic stone balustrade and above all a fabulous roof garden, accessible by the elevator.
Best of all, however, is that the owners have taken care to preserve the original spirit of the architecture, while adding all the comforts of modern creatures and up-to-date infrastructure that will allow it to be a comfortable home although appallingly expensive for many decades. come.