By the late 1890's, the retail chain belonging to Frank Woolworth was experiencing rapid expansion. To celebrate, he commissioned famed architect Charles Pierpont Henry Gilbert to design a mansion for him in the French Gothic style on the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 80th Street.
The residence was completed in 1916. With an imposing limestone facade reminiscent of the neo-French renaissance, a central foyer opens to a grand entry hall providing access to the main residence and a grand staircase.
Ceilings throughout the space reach over 14 feet tall. A formal dining room seats over 50 people and features one of the many large fireplaces.
The third floor houses a 35 foot wide wood-paneled library, wet bar, and powder room. The fourth floor master suite includes a grand bedroom, two sitting rooms, and two full baths with dressing rooms positioned on opposite ends. The fifth floor has additional bedrooms and a gym. The first five floors are capped by a stained glass skylight.
All in all, the mansion has 7 stories, and a total of 19,950 square feet. With multiple bedrooms, baths, sitting rooms, and extra who-knows-what-it's-for rooms, you'll never feel crammed for space.
"While the other great mansions that have come on the market in New York have been shells requiring total renovation, this is the only formally available mansion that has been fully renovated in a traditional pre-war style. Never before could one acquire such a magnificent building in this condition - truly a rare opportunity that may not occur again," says Paula Del Nunzio, the property's sole broker.