One of a pair of Federal-style row houses on the longest unbroken stretch of Federal/Greek Revival homes in New York City, 39 Charlton Street was built in 1827 to exacting standards by a builder-carpenter at a time when the area, now a tony enclave where the West Village meets Soho, was known as Richmond Hill. This 25-foot-wide home has been called one of the city’s finest examples of Greek Revival/Federal houses. The house and its neighbor are regarded by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as “the two best (and best preserved) examples…whose exquisitely detailed entrances with original doors and leaded glass sidelights convey many of the style’s most distinctive qualities.” Both the interior and exterior of this unique home, now on the market for $13.85 million, have retained an extraordinary level of original detail.
More from the LPC: “To walk this street is as delightful and unexpected a step into the past as to walk up Cheyne Row in London. The streetscape gains a unity and dignity from the warm red-brick fronts and the four story tall human scale of these houses.” Each floor of this four-story home is of generous scale; a dramatic parlor floor has a wide entry hall, double parlors with tall townhouse windows, plaster moldings and original marble-mantled fireplaces.
The kitchen is sunny and charming and overlooks a garden planted with roses and peonies. The block’s gardens are known to be an “extremely rare and treasured oasis” of flowering trees.
The home is legally a three-family dwelling but is currently configured as a grand single-family home with seven large bedrooms (five of which boast wood-burning fireplaces), two smaller chambers and 4.5 baths.
In 1966, Charlton Street was landmarked as part of the Charlton King Vandam Historic District. According to the listing, the home has been in the same family for over 30 years and has been lovingly maintained by ardent preservationists throughought its history. William Sloan Coffin, who owned the house in 1917, went on to become the president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and entertained countless art world luminaries and other celebrities within its walls.
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Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman.
Neighborhoods : West Village