From the Bronx to Brooklyn, architect Emery Roth (1871-1948) left an indelible mark on the architecture and cityscape of New York. Specializing in luxury apartment buildings, the advent of steel-frame construction facilitated Roth’s projection of historicist designs to new heights. While Roth is best known for prestigious projects such as his slew of residences along Central Park West, he also designed numerous middle-class homes and houses of worship. Adding to the impressiveness of his scope of work is the story behind the man.
211 Central Park West
Over the summer, the Times asked the question, “Who owns Helen Gurley Brown’s legacy?” The 32-year editor of Cosmopolitan passed away in 2012, leaving behind her apartment in the legendary Beresford, one of only three that has space in the building’s iconic turrets. The co-op board, of course, wanted the valuable Central Park West residence listed, but those involved with her will didn’t oblige. The board must’ve won the fight, though, because Curbed reports that the penthouse apartment has hit the market for $20 million (significantly less than the $50 million+ some were speculating). And just as you’d expect from the author of “Sex and the Single Girl,” the four-level spread is full of leopard, flowers, and pink, pink, and more pink.
Generally speaking, the ultra-conservative crowd isn’t spending their free time volunteering with PETA. So it’s quite fitting that Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle just picked up the infamous taxidermy-filled apartment in the Beresford.
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your thoughts on decorative dead animals, the long-time owner, journalist Gregory Speck, is sending his massive collection of stuffed friends to the Virginia Museum of Natural History, according to the Post. And Guilfoyle has already hired architect Campion Platt to renovate the two-bedroom, “classic six” home. Lucky for us, though, it’s not too late to see the bizarre (or some may say terrifying) Central Park West home.
If Norman Bates were a real person we imagine he’d be rather fixated on this terrifying homage to our furry and feathery friends at The Beresford. If you ask Halstead realtor Robert Dowling about 211 Central Park West #3J, he would tell you that it’s a rare gem with soaring 10-foot ceilings, and plenty of windows. The woman in the shower… would tell you to run. Either way, we just couldn’t pass up the chance to explore this unique pad and its current owner’s interesting style. But you might want to make sure Fido leaves the room before you continue.