Historic Homes

Historic Homes, Upper West Side 

James Baldwin Residence, James Baldwin Upper West Side, 137 West 71st Street

Photos: (l) Tax photo of 137 West 71st Street, 1964 (a year before James Baldwin bought the building). Courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives; (r) 137 West 71st Street, on the Upper West Side, 2016. Credit: Christopher D. Brazee/NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

In June, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission designated six sites significant to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, including the former home of James Baldwin on the Upper West Side. Now, the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project tells us that the Baldwin residence at 137 West 71st Street has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, which recognizes his role nationally as relates to LGBT and civil rights history.

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Events, Fort Greene, Historic Homes

Take a jazz-filled tour of historic Fort Greene homes

By Devin Gannon, Wed, September 4, 2019

Photo courtesy of CityRealty

While it’s always easy to admire the stunning brownstones of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood from the outside, here’s your chance to appreciate them up close. The 34th Fort Greene House Tour takes place on Sunday, Sept. 22, opening up unique homes from the 19th-century to architecture enthusiasts. Hosted by the Fort Greene Association, the theme of this year’s tour is “Houses, History & All That Jazz,” with some homes on tour featuring live music, in honor of the neighborhood’s musical legacy.

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Cool Listings, Gowanus, Historic Homes

Coignet Stone Building, Gowanus, 360 3rd Avenue

Photos by Vanessa DeGarcia, courtesy of The Corcoran Group

If there’s one building that has come to represent the preservation movement in Gowanus, it very well might be the Coignet Stone Building. Built in 1873 as a showroom and physical advertisement for Francois Coignet’s concrete construction company, it was the first documented concrete building in the city. Whole Foods purchased the property in 2005 and built its new supermarket next door, and the following year, the Coignet Buiding was landmarked. After years of neglect, Whole Foods completed a $1.3 million restoration in 2016, listing the property shortly thereafter for $6 million. It’s now back for a hair more, and though a gut interior renovation is definitely required, it’s being sold as a residential townhouse that has incredible potential.

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Bed Stuy, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

Listing images by Anton Brookes, H5 Photography; courtesy of The Corcoran Group

This charming 20-foot wide Victorian home at 47 Chauncey Street in Bed-Stuy is not only part of the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District—it’s one of the four oldest remaining rowhouses in the district, dating back to circa 1870. Last year, the two-bedroom home was sold in a pretty run-down state and has since undergone a gut renovation that brought modern finishes and conveniences to the historic property. It’s now on the market for $1.599 million.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upper West Side 

Photo credit: Yale Wagner for Sotheby’s International Realty.

On the market for the first time in over 60 years, asking $17.995 million, this 20-foot-wide Beaux-Arts mansion stands among the most desirable blocks of the Upper West Side. Designed by the architectural firm Welch, Smith and Provot–the firm also designed the Duke-Semans Mansion on Fifth Avenue later owned by Carlos Slim–the six-story, 9,575-square-foot home at 5 West 73rd Street is one of the neighborhood’s most architecturally significant houses; among its most compelling features are iconic views of  another Upper West Side classic, the Dakota.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upper West Side 

86 Riverside Drive, Riverside Drive, Upper West Side, townhouse

Listing images by Mike Tauber courtesy of Stribling at Compass

Also known as the Carroll Mansion, this five-story, nine-bedroom limestone townhouse at 86 Riverside Drive just listed with a price to match it’s potential: $8 million. The nearly 8,500-square-foot Elizabethan Renaissance Revival home was built in 1898 by Clarence True, one of the most celebrated architects of the Upper West Side at the turn-of-the-century. Flooded in light from northern and western exposures, the gorgeous property has most of the original architectural details intact, though needing a little attention.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

175 Grand Street, cool listings, mamaroneck, skinny house

It’s easy to see that the little red house at 175 Grand Street in Mamaroneck, NY, is no ordinary home just by looking: At a mere 10 feet wide, the Skinny House stands out for its size alone. As 6sqft previously reported, this unique dwelling, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has quite a tale to tell. The little house on a 12.5-foot lot was built in 1932 by Nathan T. Seely, one of New York’s first African American builders. Its story is one of ingenuity and skill, and it provided for its creator during hard times. In need of a new chapter and some real TLC, the house is on the market–for only the second time since its construction–for $275,000.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upper East Side

35 East 68th Street, Upper East Side, Cool listings, Dunham House, mansions, co-ops, historic homes

The 25-foot-wide carved limestone mansion at 35 East 68th Street on the Upper East Side is a standout even on a block lined with historic architecture. The 13,000-square-foot Beaux Arts mansion, known as the Dunham House, was built as a private residence for physician Dr. Edward Kellogg Dunham and grain fortune heiress Mary Dows by Carrere & Hastings, the architecture firm who designed the Frick Collection and the New York Public Library. 6sqft featured this historic home in 2016. The two-bedroom duplex co-op is back on the market for $4 million.

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Central Park South, Features, Historic Homes, Midtown, Where I Work

When you think of the heart of Midtown, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not a turn-of-the-century mansion dripping with historic details. But nestled amongst the office buildings on West 56th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues is just that. Designed by architects Warren & Wetmore of Grand Central fame, 10 West 56th Street has gone through several incarnations over its lifetime, from private residence (including the one-time home of Elizabeth Taylor!) to high-end retail space.

Its most recent transformation was helmed by Roxana Q. Girand, founder of real estate development firm Sebastian Capital. Wanting to merge her expertise and passion in commercial space, art, and beauty, she opened the Elizabeth Collective this past fall as part art pop-up event space, part permanent studio workspaces. 6sqft recently visited Roxana at the Collective to get a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible French Renaissance Revival building, see how she’s given the space a new life, and learn more about what’s to come.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, New Jersey, Starchitecture

Just 35 minutes from Manhattan, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s three remaining New Jersey homes just hit the market for $1.2 million. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom property in charming Glen Ridge is a stunning example of the architect’s midcentury Usonian style of flat-roofed, streamlined homes made of natural materials and incorporating many connections to the outside. Built out of cypress wood, brick, and glass, the home is notable for its hexagonal floor plan formed entirely by 60 or 120-degree angles with not a single right angle.

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