A Former Engraver’s Studio in Sniffen Court, Now a Townhouse, Asks $6.45 Million
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A Former Engraver’s Studio in Sniffen Court, Now a Townhouse, Asks $6.45 Million

January 28, 2016

Who wouldn’t want to live in a townhouse with lots of interesting history, located in one of just a few private mews in New York City? Enter this listing at 156 East 36th Street, a Murray Hill townhouse that originally served as stables during the Civil War era, then was converted to an engraver’s studio in 1915. The Romanesque building is also a part of the Sniffen Court Mews, which is blocked from the public by a private gate off East 36th Street. Sniffen Court was constructed between 1863 and 1864 as a collection of carriage houses–the off-street placement helped solve noise and odor issues related to the horses. The stables were in use until the early 1920s, when automobiles replaced horses, and eventually they were converted to residential.

sniffen court, murray hill, 156 East 36th Street

sniffen court, murray hill, 156 East 36th Street

156 East 36th Street is a little different than the two-story carriage homes that line Sniffen Court. This four-story building actually faces the public street, with its entrance outside of the private gate. Still, the back of the building extends into the gated mews.

156 East 36th Street, living room, sniffen court, murray hill, townhouse

The building has a unique layout, with a rec room/home office taking up most of the parlor floor. The living room, dining room and kitchen are located on the second floor, which is accessed by a dramatic wood spiral staircase. Then there are bedrooms on the third and fourth floors. The living/dining area has raised ceilings and plenty of wood detailing, not to mention the beautiful original windows of the building on full display.

156 East 36th Street, kitchen, sniffen court, murray hill, townhouse

The wood cabinetry of the kitchen matches the detailing in the living area adjacent to it. What incredible windows come with this property!

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156 East 36th Street, sniffen court, bedrooms, townhouse, murray hill

The master bedroom, on the third floor, has beamed ceilings and an ensuite bathroom. Another bedroom on the fourth floor has a lofted space and a walk-in closet.

156 East 36th Street, office space, first floor, sniffen court, murray hill, townhouse

And here’s a look at the ground-floor rec/office space–there’s also an extra bedroom down there. Those windows look out onto the former carriage homes of Sniffen Court. Could you think of a lovelier view to have right outside your rec room window?

[Listing: 156 East 36th Street by Lydia Sussek and Irene O’ Halloran for Corcoran]


Photos courtesy of Corcoran

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