In 1921, inventor Henry Sprague built a townhouse on the far east side of Midtown Manhattan, joining a growing group of well-to-do New Yorkers who preferred to live near the river instead of Central Park. The area, known as Sutton Square, attracted similar buyers like Anne Vanderbilt, William K. Vanderbilt's widow, and J.P. Morgan's daughter Anne Morgan. Besides the East River views, a top selling point is a common garden that Sprague's townhouse shares with its adjacent homes on Sutton Square and Sutton Place. Since Sprague's days, the home has been owned by Elizabeth Arden, and more recently, former Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries, who commissioned Daniel Romualdez to restore many of its original elements and modernize others. Scroll down for a look inside the home, which is now on the market.
The house sits at 4 Sutton Square, in Manhattan's mid-50s, a few steps from the East River.
It has fives stories, plus a finished cellar.
Cosmetics legend Elizabeth Arden owned it in the 1930s.
Arden reportedly leased it to Pierpont M. Hamilton, J. P. Morgan's grandson.
It now features seven wood-burning fireplaces and extensive wood paneling.
Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the communal garden.
The home faces this garden and the East River.
The library is striking, with mahogany wood-paneled walls spanning two levels.
There are four bedrooms.
The fifth floor has terraces on both the north and south sides.
The townhouse has elevator access to all floors, central air conditioning, a security system, integrated sound system, and electronic window treatments.
A Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, and secured silver closet are a few of the amenities in the kitchen and pantry.
The kitchen has a separate service entrance, too.
The master suite's bathroom has its own fireplace and black Belgium marble floors.
It probably looked a bit different when Arden owned it.
The asking price is now $14.5 million.
That's down from an initial price of $19.5 million when it hit the market last year, and the price dropped by $1.5 million just two weeks ago.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.