An expensive piece of New York City history is up for sale. For $80 million, the Benjamin N. Duke House at 1009 Fifth Ave could be yours! Built in 1899 to 1901 and designed by the firm of Welch, Smith & Provot, the Duke House was designated a New York City landmark in 1974 and is one of the most unique residences available in New York City.
The limestone and brick mansion, which stretches along Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, was designed in the Italian Renaissance palazzo style and features prominent Beaux-Arts elements. It was actually built as one of four spec houses on Fifth Ave by developers William and Thomas Hall. Benjamin Duke, president of the American Tobacco Company, purchased the home in 1901. The home has had multiple owners since then and has undergone various interior renovations and exterior restorations.
Inside, there are more than 20,000 square feet of living space and a total of 25 rooms. The listing for the property highlights its “grand and spacious rooms, high ceilings, large windows, and an abundance of natural light” as well as marble fireplaces and ornate moldings that can be found throughout the home.
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The central staircase winds through 5 levels of the 7 story townhouse. Another staircase will bring you to the dazzling skylight. A terrace and rooftop await at the top, with stunning views of Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is directly across the street.
The massive building has the potential to be a private home or may be converted into a gallery, store, museum, or foundation. Many of New York City’s other homes of this exquisite nature have been converted from private residences and rarely go on sale. Another Gilded Age mansion that recently hit the market, though temporarily, was the American Irish Historical Society at 991 Fifth Avenue.
Take a look at more photographs from inside 1009 Fifth Ave below! Explore more of the Gilded Age mansions of Fifth Avenue, both past and present, on our upcoming walking tour.