Photo credit: MW Studio/Compass
The former residence of Senator Jacob Javits and his wife Marion at 322 East 57th Street is once again on the market, asking $7.2 million. 6sqft featured the classic Sutton Place co-op–designed in 1933 by Art Deco architect Joseph Urban–when it was listed in 2017 for $5.2 million; the unit found a buyer at $4.4 million within a year. The 3,300-square-foot duplex has since undergone a thoroughly modern renovation under the direction of the current owner and Sandra Arndt of Studio AKTE. The resulting bold, contemporary design is as noteworthy as its rich history.
The duplex boasts new central AC, a water filtration system, and a separate laundry room with a utility sink. A separate service entrance allows staff to enter discreetly.
After entering via a private elevator landing, step into an elegant foyer serviced by a chic built-in wet bar.
From here, a graceful curved staircase ascends to the home’s dining room and kitchen. Beyond the foyer on the first level is the home’s masterpiece of a central great room. Beneath 18-foot ceilings is a wood-burning fireplace framed by an original stone mantle, double-height wrought-iron casement windows, and beautifully restored flooring.
Mary Ellen Cashman and Susan Wires of Compass have the listing.
“We hosted a broker event last week to introduce this fabulous property to the brokerage community and could not get anyone to leave,” Cashman said in a statement to 6sqft. “There are ‘Wow’ moments at every turn starting with an elegant hidden bar off the grand foyer, which the seller refers to as the chicest room in the house!”
Adjacent to the great room is a handsome media room–formerly Senator Javits’ cigar room–done in silvery lacquer and gray velvet. To one side is a separate office with custom built-ins.
The aforementioned staircase, featuring an original 1930s translucent Bakelite and brass banister, leads to the home’s dining level. The spacious dining area, enclosed by the original Art Deco balustrade, offers a dramatic aerial view of the great room below. A windowed eat-in kitchen is lined in ebony-toned cabinetry topped by four-inch-thick slabs of honed Olympia white marble and open shelving. Appliances include an integrated Subzero fridge, two dishwashers, and an induction range.
Back downstairs, a hallway leads to the private bedroom wing. A spacious corner primary suite has capacious closets, a built-in media projector, and a retractable screen. The en-suite bath boasts dramatic Breccia Carpial marble slabs, a free-standing tub and glass shower, and a stylish Prussian blue double vanity.
In addition to the primary suite, there are three generously proportioned bedrooms and a shared windowed bath. An additional full bath features striking Bisazza mosaic tile complemented by high-gloss Hague blue.
Built in 1930 as a studio hotel designed by architect Harry M. Clawson of Caughey and Evans, 322 East 57th Street is recognizable by its striking limestone facade and wrought-iron casement windows. The full-service pied-a-terre- and pet-friendly co-op building has been home to a roster of New York City notables including Orson Welles, Clay Felker and Gail Sheehy, Tamara de Lempicka, Lily Pons and Michael, and Tina Chow.
[Listing details: 322 East 57th Street, #12A at CityRealty]
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Photo credit: MW Studio/Compass