Around the holidays, 6sqft recounted the local history of Clement Clarke Moore’s quintessential Christmas tale, “The Night Before Christmas,” which was written right here in Chelsea in 1822. The author was a major landowner in the neighborhood and lived with his family on a huge estate at 23rd Street and 9th Avenue, then considered the backwoods of the city. Their home was at 348 West 22nd Street, but Moore sold it in 1835. Six years later, it was rebuilt as the Greek Revival townhouse that stands today, and according to the Post, it’s now for sale for $8.65 million.
In 1959, the Seamens Mission bought the house for its proximity to the West Side piers and turned it into their Seamens House; there’s still a plaque commemorating this on the facade.
Today, the 4,300-square-foot ome is configured as an upper triplex with two studios below, though it’ll be delivered vacant and comes with an additional 1,923 square feet of available F.A.R. for expansion.
Original details remain, including plaster moldings and medallions, four marble mantles, and inlaid parquet wood floors. The parlor floor has 12-foot ceilings and full-length windows.
There’s a 35-foot-deep garden and a private terrace off the third-floor master bedroom.
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Images via Leslie J. Garfield
Neighborhoods : Chelsea