When modern renovations happen to grand pre-war homes on the Upper East Side, the result is often predictable at best, or over-the-top and garish. This lofty two-bedroom co-op at 55 East 76th Street in an 1883 Neo-Grec brownstone known as the Imperial is definitely an exception. Acclaimed contemporary architect Louise Braverman was able to combine the sleekness of a modern loft and the elegance of pre-war architecture seamlessly in this unique home in a classic uptown setting. The co-op is asking $1.65 million with the opportunity to combine it with unit #12 at $3.63M for the pair.
An open living and dining area are complemented by a wood-burning fireplace. Glossy dark parquet floors add both modern style and pre-war glamour. The fifth-floor co-op (in an elevator building) offers plenty of light and blue sky views.
An open study off the foyer can easily be converted to the spacious home’s second bedroom. configuration. In addition to plenty of extra space, there’s a dressing room, two bathrooms and a washer/dryer hookup.
What could be more modern than a Poggenpohl kitchen? This one is bright and sun-filled, with a classic modernist layout, custom cabinetry and a loft-style open dining area.
Green-glass sliding doors conceal sleek marble and chrome in the bath.
The Imperial, built in 1883 by Frederick T. Camp at the height of Manhattan’s Gilded Age, is known for apartments with unusually high ceilings and original architectural details like patterned mahogany floors, French doors, working fireplaces and stained glass windows along with modern luxuries like a doorman and elevator.
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Neighborhoods : Upper East Side