If you have a passion for the authentic, this prewar home has been lovingly restored to its original lustre. Designed by Edward and George Blum and completed in 1931, the original Gramercy House features included apartments surrounding its private garden courtyard, hand-painted bathroom tiles, hardwood flooring, wood-burning fireplaces and high tray ceilings. Unit 14A boasts all-of-the-above architectural features from 1931. With radiant light through-out the day from three directions, west, north and east and open views, this high floor 2-bedroom beauty is a stand-out. The gracious foyer opens into a separate dining area. The recently renovated windowed kitchen features butcher block counters, high-end appliances and painted white wood custom cabinetry. The perfectly proportioned living room has the wood-burning fireplace and original mantel as its centerpiece. The living room has open views west with sweeping views to the Con-Edison tower. There are two graciously sized bedrooms. The main bedroom has two exposures west and north with open views north to the Chrysler Building. Additional hallway closets with original door pulls and knobs leads to the main windowed bath with the original cast iron tub. The second bedroom has a windowed en-suite bath with separate shower. A closet hallway with original cabinetry, door pulls, and knobs leads out to the dining area. Serenely beautiful, this 2-bedroom gracious floorplan has a house-like feel.
Gramercy House is a 16-story cooperative building with 24-hour doorman, concierge, live-in super, laundry room, bike storage, basement storage, 5,000 SF sculptured garden exclusively for residents. It also boasts a common landscaped roof top with north facing views. The building welcomes pets and gifting. Co-purchasing, subletting and pied-a-terre ownership is not permitted. 60% financing is allowed. Managed by First Residential. Monthly maintenance charge includes electricity.
Gramercy House architecture rivals the prewar architectural masterpieces along the Park Avenue corridor. The authenticity of the original design has been meticulously preserved. The interior elevators, hallways and lobby are testament to the preservation of the original design. A quote from the Daytonian “The Blums wrapped the new building with a colorful band of terra cotta. Here pointy zig-zags like mountain ranges sat above a gentle wave pattern like a river. The southwestern color scheme—turquoise, green, ochre and navy—prompted one architectural historian to call it “Pueblo Deco.” The Art Deco design culminated in the two-story entrance and its three stylized terra cotta waterfalls.” If you are looking for prewar authenticity, this art deco beauty has it all.