If you'd rather live in the grand style of days gone by than the stark minimalism of the moment, this co-op might be of interest. Listed for $3,200,000, this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath duplex is located in the James H. and Cordelia V. Robb House, a co-op building that was originally a single-family mansion at 23 Park Ave.
The apartment previously belonged to costume jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane, who was known to rub elbows with New York high society types including Diana Vreeland, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and others.
The building was built in 1891 and designed by Stanford White. The apartment retains many turn-of-the-century details.
A massive living room features intricate plaster moldings, a white and black marble fireplace mantel, large windows, and 15-foot ceilings. The kitchen isn't pictured. A terrace off the main room looks out over Park Avenue.
A double-height dining room has a floating staircase and connects to a bookshelf-lined mezzanine.
The upper-floor master bedroom features 12-foot ceilings, another fireplace, and ample closet space. The bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, a bath, and two closets. The second bedroom and an adjacent, smaller bathroom are also on this floor.
Maintenance is $3,630 a month. There are lots of restaurant options nearby, including Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe.
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