40 West 74th Street is an architectural masterpiece. This palatial 25-foot wide Neo-Georgian limestone and brick mansion was originally designed by Percy Griffin in 1906. On this historical block, 18 Neo-Georgian townhouses were built at the turn of the century by the Clark family, who also built the Dakota. Drenched in sunlight, the mansion is currently configured as a two-family home and boasts timeless elegance with an abundance of original prewar architectural details. The interior features six stories plus a windowed finished basement which total just over 11,000 square feet. The exterior spaces total 1,349 square feet and include a south-facing garden, a large dining terrace off the kitchen, and on the 6th floor a roofgarden and south-facing terrace. There are six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and four powder rooms. The elegant entertaining rooms all have grand-scale and include a salon, two living rooms one of which is a corner, two formal dining rooms, a parlor, an eat-in kitchen with a windowed breakfast room, a second kitchen, a library, a media room, an entertainment room, a windowed home gym, and a laundry room. The home seamlessly integrates a historical restoration with all the modern conveniences and technology of today. There is an elevator, seven-zone central air conditioning as well as through-the-wall air conditioning, and an automatic watering and lighting system for the outdoor spaces. Throughout the residence, there are ceilings up to 13-feet, original restored moldings, custom millwork, and new windows.
FIRST FLOOR: Entering through a double set of glass and iron front doors is a windowed entrance gallery that opens onto a magnificent grand salon that is 23-feet wide with 11’8" ceilings. Through a set of French doors are two bedrooms and two full bathrooms as well as a back staircase that connects to the parlor floor and cellar.
PARLOR FLOOR: Up a sweeping staircase is the regal parlor floor which features 13-foot ceilings. There is a palatial 24-foot wide parlor room with all the original details intact: it has French doors that open onto a Juliette balcony overlooking the picturesque tree-lined street. In the rear facing south overlooking the neighboring townhouse gardens is an impressive formal dining room and a corner living room with original restored plaster moldings. The first kitchen is on this floor as well as a powder room.
THIRD FLOOR: This floor has 10-foot ceilings and three impressive entertaining rooms. In the front is a living room that is 24’3" wide and in the rear facing south is a handsome library and a corner media room. There is also a wet bar, a full bathroom, and a large closet.
FOURTH FLOOR: Continuing up the stunning staircase is another entertaining floor with 10-foot ceilings. There is a formal dining room that is 23’8" wide, a china closet and a powder room. In the rear is the main kitchen: the owners have created a chef’s dream. The kitchen is 20-feet long with a center island and custom cabinetry. It is equipped with top-of-the-line appliances from Subzero, Viking, Wolf, and Bosch. There is a windowed breakfast room, which opens onto a glorious terrace perfect for alfresco entertaining. There is a pantry as well as a windowed home office.
FIFTH FLOOR: The fifth floor houses the primary bedroom, which faces south and has two dressing rooms, and an en-suite windowed bathroom with two sinks, an oversized shower and a separate bathtub. Two additional bedrooms face onto 74th Street. There is a hallway bathroom and four storage closets.
SIXTH FLOOR: The top floor has an incredible entertaining room, which has windows on both sides. To the south is a terrace and to the north is a landscaped roofgarden. There is a skylight at the top of the staircase, which floods the home with light.
GARDEN FLOOR: This floor has a bedroom, two powder rooms, a windowed gym, a windowed laundry room, an l-shaped garden, a storage room and the building mechanicals.