The NYC architectural firm of Delano & Aldrich designed some of the turn-of-the-century’s most sophisticated structures, from the Knickerbocker and Colony Clubs to the Rockefeller’s upstate estate Kykuit to a slew of uptown mansions. At the time, they veered away from the popular Beaux-Arts style and popularized an Anglo-American mix of Neo-Classical and -Federal designs. One such example is this grand townhouse at 15 East 88th Street, just listed for $28.8 million. As the listing states, it’s one of their few intact mansions remaining in private hands. And since it’s had only a few owners over the years, it retains its historic details and stately facades.
Built in 1901, the home is currently owned by Paul Fribourg, the chairman and CEO of ContiGroup Companies and the sixth-generation head of Continental Grain (he also owns a nearby Park Avenue co-op that he bought for $27 million in 2012). Though it’s listed as a single-family house, there has been a recent apartment rental listing for the fifth and sixth floors, which have their own kitchen and living spaces.
In total, the house has 13 rooms, including eight bedrooms and eight-and-a-half bathrooms spread across 9,610 square feet. Its six floors can be accessed via elevator. As the listing describes, “the living room, dining room and mahogany paneled library all have 15-foot ceilings, long elegant casement windows, wood burning fireplaces and finely wrought original moldings.” They also appear to be a display area for Fribourg’s impressive collection of fine furnishings and antique decor.
Listing photos courtesy of the Corcoran Group
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side