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Historic East Side Limestone Mansion


There is a historic 1900 limestone mansion on East 81st Street, New York built in the Neo-Renaissance style. This mansion is now on the market at a reduced price of $59 million.

The house is measured at 17,850 square feet with seven and a half stories, ten bedrooms, and seventeen bathrooms. The mansion also boasts of eleven fireplaces, a marble staircase, a large foyer and a new elevator.

The East Side limestone mansion that was designed by Buchman & Fox is listed by the Alexander Team of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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The year 1900 was a year of growth and change in New York City. Ground was broken for the New York subway tunnel that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn; the Associated Press was incorporated in the city; the Victory Theater was built on 42nd Street by Oscar Hammerstein, grandfather of the famous 1930’s lyricist and by 1900, 3.5 million immigrants had arrived in the city from Europe.

It was also a time when the skyline of the city was forming around Central Park and Jeremiah C. Lyons, a prominent builder, and developer, was instrumental in developing much of the city. He owned and managed the J. C. Lyons Building and Operating Company with many holdings along 5th Avenue. He also developed eight elegant limestone mansions on East 74th Street designed by Buchman & Deisler. Number 55 is one in which Eleanor Roosevelt later lived.

Now for sale on East 81st Street is another of his grand limestone mansions built in the Neo-Renaissance style and designed by Buchman & Fox. This was the home that Lyons built for himself.

The 17,850-square-foot building of seven and a half stories has ten bedrooms, seventeen baths, eleven fireplaces, a sweeping marble staircase in the large foyer, and a new elevator. Zoned commercial, the building most recently housed the Crown restaurant, and is so versatile in layout it could work well for many uses, not to mention re-establishing it as one of the city’s grandest private mansions. Formerly priced at $63 million, it is now listed at $59 million.


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