Lofty Duplex Carved Out of an UES Limestone Mansion Asks $3.975 Million

Posted On Thu, December 31, 2015 By

Posted On Thu, December 31, 2015 By In Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

35 East 68th Street, located between Park and Madison Avenues on the Upper East Side, is one of those buildings that is not to be messed with. It’s a 13,000-square-foot Beaux Arts mansion designed as a private residence for Harvard-trained physician Dr. Edward Kellogg and grain fortune heiress Mary Dows by Carrere & Hastings–the same architecture firm behind the New York Public Library. Since the now-landmarked building was completed in 1901, it has maintained its elegant, carved limestone facade.

The interior, however, is a different story. Somewhere along the line the mansion was converted into a co-op apartment building, split into eight units. Seven of the eight co-ops were on the market this February for $34 million, but it looks like a sale never happened. Now this three-bedroom duplex is up for sale on its own.

35 East 68th Street, duplex, upper east side, mansion, living room

Okay, so maybe there are some remnants left of this former mansion, like the elaborate wood-burning fireplace in the living room. But a major renovation has taken away most of the lavish interior details and replaced it with something much loftier. By opening up the living room, ceiling heights now reach 20 feet–definitely not an original design detail from Carrere & Hastings.

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The lower level of the co-op holds the living room, two bedrooms and two private patios. Moving upstairs, there is a spacious foyer that looks onto the living room below. There’s also an eat-in kitchen and another bedroom up here.

35 East 68th Street, kitchen, co-op, upper east side

The kitchen is plenty upgraded but also complimented by dark wood and incredibly detailed window panes.

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35 East 68th Street, bathroom, master bathroom, co-op, duplex, upper east side

The upstairs bedroom is boasting tons of closet space–four in total! It’s also attached to a renovated bathroom.

35 East 68th Street, Upper East Side, facade, Carrere and Hastings, mansion

Yes, the interior of this duplex co-op is a hodgepodge of old and new, with some great lofty features and a few remnants of this building’s past as a single-family mansion designed by one of New York’s best architecture firms. But Carrere & Hastings still shine through that incredible facade, a downright elegant limestone building that would make any homeowner proud.

[Listing: 35 East 68th Street, #1B by Susan Kaplan for Douglas Elliman]

[Via CityRealty]

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