She sold this townhouse after husband Paul died. Hooked on Famous Townhouses? Bunny was the horticulturist commissioned by her friend Jackie Kennedy to design the White House Rose Garden, so it makes sense that she would want gardens here in the middle of the city, too. Get Your “House Fix” with My Weekly Newsletter: Architect H. It looks like the rooms haven’t been changed much since the Mellons lived here. Beit, and articles with older photos of the interiors at The Devoted Classicist, and Architectural Digest. Philanthropists Paul and Bunny Mellon built this beautiful townhouse in Manhattan in 1965. This older photo shows how this entry hall looked then (via Architectural Digest and photographer Michael Dunne):
Here’s an older photo of the living room:
This appears to be the same room as it looks now, in the real estate listing:
According to Curbed, the 11,100-square-foot, 14-room townhouse was designed in the Neoclassic French style and has “pretty much every different type of room you can think of—drawing room, study, library, formal dining room, staff rooms, breakfast room, etc. P.S. It went on the market again last year and was reportedly purchased by Netscape founder Jim Clark for about $39 million. Bunny, who was known for her impeccable style in houses and gardens, died earlier this year at the age of 103. The floorplans give you an idea of how big this place really is — and these don’t even include the upper levels (six in all). Page Cross designed the house that replaced two typical late 19th-century brownstones. Friends say Bunny loved gardening in her Manhattan backyard. Storm shutters were concealed within the thickness of the exterior walls, pulling down inside the coquina stone trim around the French doors and casement windows; a steel plate can automatically slide to block the front door to make it difficult to penetrate the urban fortress.”
The current owners previously lived in a townhouse across the street from this one and reportedly sold it in 2006 to Woody Allen. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter get access to my Secret Blog! The listing says:
“Featured in The World of Interiors magazine, the townhouse, designed in the Neo-French classic style evoking the charm of the French countryside, reflected the passions of its owners.