In 1876, Philadelphia hosted the Centennial International Exhibition, the country’s first official World’s Fair, which brought new technologies and European styles to the forefront. One outcome was a new interest in Aestheticism, especially in New York City. As The Met explains, the “cultural phenomenon” was “the flourishing of an artistic culture and lifestyle” with “an intense interest in collecting and decoration.” And if you want to see a modern-day display of this more-is-more trend, look no further than this opulent co-op at 34 Gramercy Park East. Listed for $2,950,000 (including a coveted key to the Park), the home underwent a recent renovation that looked towards the Aesthetic Movement, restoring period details of the city’s oldest co-op
The L-shaped apartment was originally a two-bedroom unit, but was converted to a one-bedroom during the renovation, which also added all new electrical and plumbing, two-zone central air-conditioning and humidification, new sound attenuated windows, radiant heat in the bathroom, a washer/dryer hookup, and new oak herringbone floors.
An entry vestibule opens to a nearly 30-foot living/dining “parlor” room, where the historic wallpapers and restored moldings are on full display.
Down the hall is a home office that leads to the kitchen, complete with custom cabinetry and appliances and Moroccan tiles.
The double master suite boasts a fireplace with a “fantastic moisture vapor flame function,” a large dressing room with custom millwork, and wall-to-wall carpet by textile designer Christopher Hyland. The master bath has more Moroccan tiles, along with a refurbished 1880s Yale tub.
Even the guest powder room is a sight to be seen.
As mentioned, 34 Gramercy Park East was built in 1883 and is NYC’s oldest co-op. The listing notes that it is “renowned for its stately yet whimsical, Aesthetic Movement architecture and beautiful lobby with Tiffany glass ceiling, Grueby and Minton tiles and original fireplace, hearth and mantle mirror.”
Listing photos courtesy of the Corcoran Group
Neighborhoods : Gramercy