A question (hypothetical) that we ask each other is if we were to live in the city (with budget being no issue!), would we take an apartment in the sky or buy a townhouse? Each has its pros and cons.
The apartment would have a view, a must for me and would have a doorman, a super, the sidewalks would be shoveled, and any improvements the building needs would be shared by owners via monthly maintenance or special assessment. Like this at One57, an apartment that sold for close to $100million.
While that appeals, I tend to want to live in a townhouse, despite knowing I’d have to hire a staff – someone to shovel, a cook, a housekeeper and a handy man for changing out light bulbs! 🙂
This exterior appeals…15 East 90th
But the interior, not at all, and for $32million, I’d want something more move-in ready. This is too fussy and baronial.
So if I don’t want baronial, why not go full out modern…17 East 65th
$40million, a building with an interesting pedigree.
THE SHERMAN FAIRCHILD MANSION
“Total design is nothing more or less than relating everything to everything.” — George Nelson
This extraordinary 25 foot wide Carriage House was erected in the International style in 1940 by William Hamby and George Nelson for Sherman M. Fairchild, a prodigiously talented American entrepreneur who founded 70 companies in aviation, photography and semiconductors and personally held over 30 patents. His father was a Co-founder and first Chairman of IBM, leaving Sherman – upon his father’s death – as the largest single individual stockholder.
An exceptionally curious person, during his freshman year at Harvard, he invented the first synchronized camera shutter and flash before he was 20 years old. His airplane aerial camera became the standard in World War II, and all aerial cameras used by Allied forces were manufactured by his company to his design. One airplane that he designed, the FC-2, was chosen to accompany Charles Lindbergh on his 23,000 mile tour of America. In a short nine months his airplane manufacturing company went from initial production to being the second largest aircraft producer in the world. His Lunar Mapping Camera on Apollo Missions 15, 16 and 17 mapped 20% of the lunar surface.
Alas, even if the exterior appealed, the interior seems to be more Timothy Leary than Michael Graves. That’s just my opinion. Yours may vary.
Is that fabric hung on the ceiling or wallpaper? Either way, it’s just NO!
The present owner engaged Michael Graves to redesign the facade in a Post Modern style. After earning a Master’s degree in architecture from Harvard in 1959, Graves had worked as one of the New York Five, a famous group of New York City architects who espoused a pure form of modernism that included Charles Gwathmey, Peter Eisenman and Richard Meier. Combined with the present owner, it is rare so much creative power focused on one building.
THE RESIDENCE TODAY
Originally one of the first modernist townhouses in New York, it is distinguished by being the only one with an interior courtyard atrium soaring upward for three stories capped with a giant skylight. The unique plan affords huge dramatic spaces as well as 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 2 half baths and a study that feels like a space in The Frick. Extended by this owner on the plan of George Nelson, this house embodies his core concept: Good design is timeless.
So what’s a gal to do? I’ll take this one in a heartbeat. A mere $22million, on East 70th, a great street, and done to perfection inside.
And the interior………………..wow wow wow
There’s obviously a back courtyard to this one that you can see partially in the kitchen photo – see the chimenea? But no grand long view but more like a home.
I think I’ve answered MY own question. I’d take the townhouse. Of course, if I made this choice, I’d be going alone as Mr. EOS is a country mouse and thinks this kind of living is for the highfalutin. Yes, so what’s your point dear?
No birds yet at any of the feeders. The only other news is that there was a letter in the mail from Mitt Romney asking me for money to support Paul Ryan. Oh Mitt, Oh Mitt, not even a sou. Look at the Trump bashing even without mentioning Trump.
I’m hearing good things about the Trump-Ryan meeting today, although the media is laughing that it wasn’t even an hour long. Hey, you go, you say support me, you shake hands, and you leave. Who needs more than fifteen minutes?