1940s Upper East Side Modernist mansion gets a price chop to $35M

Posted On Wed, October 17, 2018 By

Posted On Wed, October 17, 2018 By In Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upper East Side

Known as the Sherman Fairchild Mansion, the modern-fronted townhouse at 17 East 65th Street is one of those New York City sights that might cause you to do a double-take in the middle of an otherwise sedate Upper East Side sidewalk. The current façade of this five-story home was designed by William Hamby and George Nelson in 1940 for aviation pioneer/inventor Sherman Fairchild. Well-known architect Michael Graves was commissioned to design yet another facade for the home in 1979, but that version was never built. The 25-foot-wide, 9,440 square-foot modern townhouse has been on and off the market since 2014, beginning last year at $40 million. Now, this unique townhouse has engineered yet another re-debut with a discount, asking $35M.

The building’s stunning red granite facade was completed in 1981, and the home’s interiors have undergone a thorough renovation by the current owner, noted Renaissance art dealer Martin Zimet of French & Company.

The 9,440 square-foot, 25-foot-wide mansion a block from Central Park is defined by a three-story great room and travertine-lined walls illuminated from a glass and steel skylight.

A zigzagging system of ramps facilitates the movement through the home.

The home offers a chef’s kitchen, a formal dining room, five bedrooms and a fabulous study/library.

A massive master suite comes with two full baths, floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony overlooking 65th Street. Also here are an office, a wine cellar and four additional bedrooms.

[Listing: 17 East 65th Street by Régis Roumila for Christie’s]

[At CityRealty]

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Images courtesy of Christie’s.

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