$72 Million Upper East Side Mansion Goes Back On The Market

This mansion used to be a place to recover from plastic surgery. Now you can just recover from life here.

By Team Agorafy September 27, 2016
All photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

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It’s actually because a bunch of rich bankers kept building mansions here at the turn of the century. This was the most coveted area of Manhattan on which to break ground in the early 1900s. With magnates such as J.P. Morgan and William Sloane of W & J Sloane constructing luxury houses on this stretch of land, it was said in a newspaper article in 1916 that, “There is no section (of Manhattan) which shows more promise of usurping much of Fifth Avenue’s social prominence than Park Avenue.”


Used in the past few decades as a medical facility for plastic surgery out-patients, the 21,000-square-foot Dommerich Mansion was named after Otto Dommerich, a then ‘cotton-king-pin’ and one of the wealthiest Manhattanites of his day. It’s now on the market once again for private use, according to the Wall Street Journal.

This beautiful townhouse stands about 80 feet high and a corpulent 44 feet wide. There are only 11 mansions in New York that are wider than 44 feet, adding extraordinary value to the property. Architect Henry C. Pelton built the single family house (read: giant mansion) back in 1917. He’s also responsible for building The Cloisters and the Riverside Church, so he’s not a man who feared opulence. Being that the structure is mostly free of columns, this opens up the space for a wide array of potential design ideas for the new owner.

The late Dr. James W. Smith Jr., a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, was the man who bought the townhouse in 1979 and was responsible for its’ conversion into the Center for Special Care. The medical facility stopped being active only a few months ago and Brown Harris Stevens are the lucky brokers in charge of selling this highly coveted, seven-story townhouse. With a mix of architectural details and modern design, the famed New York designer, John Saladino put rooms inside rooms which were designed specifically to be used as patient treatment areas.

This Beaux Arts-style mansion has two original elevators, one new elevator, a basement, a whopping 3,350 square-feet of outdoor space and wait for it—14 marble fire-places. Cause 13 is not quite enough and, let’s face it, 15 is just excessive. Additionally, there’s a roof deck with spectacular views of Central Park, and what mansion would be complete without a spiral staircase (approximately 22 feet in diameter) topped with a stained-glass dome that shines down natural light on all those who climb it? Included in the purchase price are 36 original drawings that detail the house’s construction. With all of this luxury, you can get your butler to make that late-night Chipotle burrito run all the way to 3rd Avenue. If you can find him.

Team Agorafy



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