39 East 72nd Street Upper East Side ▪ (MLS # 10223350)
The Past as Prologue: History of The Vanderbilt MansionOriginally built in 1881 by architect B. Lynd during the Gilded Age in classical Neo-Grecian style, 39 East 72nd Street acquired its true fame as The Vanderbilt Mansion, having once been home to socialite and artist Gloria Vanderbilt; the only daughter of Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and heiress to the Vanderbilt fortune. Standing 27 feet wide at the 72nd Street entrance to Central Park, 39 East 72nd Street was the perfect stage from which New York high society would witness Gloria embark on her journey of becoming an influential icon of fashion, art, and culture as well as mother to prestigious CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper. Mrs. Vanderbilt eventually sold her mansion to The Mangold Family, who reconfigured the building into a multifamily residence, as it has remained since, waiting to be restored to its former glory. The Architect: CetraRuddyCetraRuddy, founded in 1987 by creative geniuses John Cetra and Nancy Ruddy, has designed a diverse portfolio of prolific projects across the city ranging in both size and style, including One Madison, Walker Tower, and The Barbizon and has received numerous industry awards. CetraRuddy now has set its sights to the Vanderbilt Mansion on the Upper East Side with a vision much greater and grander than restoring it to a single family home and as a recognized leader in both historic building restoration and innovative building technology, there is no better firm for the job. The Residence: 39 East 72nd Street 39 East 72nd Street will undergo a complete historical renovation and will be expanded to 7 stories restoring the grandeur of the former Vanderbilt Mansion while also offering modern amenities, grandly scaled rooms, and state of the art mechanicals throughout. To be delivered as a perfect white box , the new owner will have the ability to create a custom masterpiece, selecting all appliances and finishes to perfectly suit their taste, to be installed at cost. Extremely rare for a single family mansion, 39 East 72nd Street stands at an expansive 27 feet wide with a tremendous amount of outdoor space including two penthouse terraces, totaling 1467 square feet and a 147 SF side yard. Additionally, the massive front gated and landscaped courtyard has been grandfathered in and is the only one of its size in the city. The stately limestone entry opens to the vestibule and a baronial receiving room accented with a grand spiral staircase. The large eat in chef s kitchen is in the rear overlooking the yard with an attaching butler s pantry and service corridor with elevator access. Above on the parlor floor is a grandly proportioned great room and dining room while the 3rd through 5th floors are dedicated private quarters with 6 to 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. The 5th floor is the master suite, a serene oasis complete with a lavish spa bathroom, dressing room, walk in closet, additional bathroom, and an enormous sitting room. Amenities including the massage, sauna, steam, fitness, and media rooms can be enjoyed on the 6th floor while the penthouse has almost 1500 square feet of terrace space and a recreation room perfect for entertaining. The cellar also has an additional recreation room opening to the yard. 39 East 72nd Street is situated between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue on 72nd Street near the 72nd Street Central Park entrance. Already vacated and landmark approved (including the additional 2 stories), it is ready to be turned into your dream home. This magnificent mansion will be 7 stories, with up to 11 bedrooms, 10 full baths, 3 powder rooms, and 20 rooms all to be fully restored and renovated with custom finishes to taste. A truly historical and unprecedented opportunity.Contact Bracha New York today for a private viewing.Written By: Francine Braese
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