Everyone’s favorite theoretical physicist, Sheldon Cooper—or Jim Parsons when he’s not playing his famous character on “The Big Bang Theory”—has purchased a $2.9 million Gramercy Park penthouse with his partner, Todd Spiewak, according to city records. In fact, this is the couple’s fourth buy in 36 Gramercy Park East. Yesterday, they also picked up a $815,000 unit; in 2011 they bought a $1.8 million, two-bedroom unit on the 12th floor; and in 2012 they bought an apartment on the same floor for $2.8 million.
36 Gramercy Park East opened in 1906, becoming notable for its ornamental terra cotta façade. In 2009, the building underwent an interior overhaul and sales began on the 53 co-op units. Residents receive a key to Gramercy Park–certainly a selling point for Parsons, whose main residence is Los Angeles.
[Via The Real Deal]
[36 Gramercy Park East on CityRealty]
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Glazed terra cotta (a clay-based ceramic) became a popular architectural material in the United States between the late 1800’s and 1930’s thanks to being sturdy, relatively inexpensive, fireproof, and easily molded into ornamented detail. Plus, it was easy to make it look like granite or limestone, much more expensive materials.
Terra cotta really took off when some of Chicago and New York’s great architects, Cass Gilbert, Louis Sullivan, and Daniel H. Burnham, incorporated the material in to their most famous works such as the Woolworth Building, Bayard-Condict Building, and Flatiron Building, respectively. Additionally, Rafael Guastavino adorned many of the great Beaux-Arts masterpieces with his famous terra cotta tiled vaults.
There are countless buildings in New York City that owe their elegance to glazed terra cotta, and we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites.
Explore terra cotta in NYC