The Gramercy, built in 1883, is one of the finest residential buildings in Manhattan.
Combining four different apartments on three floors created this 4,950 square foot home in one of Manhattan’s legendary buildings. Home to Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen, it has just gone on the market for $15 million.
The Gramercy, at 34 Gramercy Park East, is New York City’s oldest extant co-op and one of its most exclusive. An 1883 masterpiece by architect George W. DaCunha, the Gramercy predates the famous Dakota Apartments by a year and is praised by the American Institute of Architects as “one of the city’s most spectacular” apartment houses. Merging elements of Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque and British Arts & Crafts, the Gramercy preserves a splendid original lobby replete with stained glass, tile floors and a magnificent fireplace. Apartments are limited to three per floor, insuring privacy and quiet; many retain original details, including wainscoting, mantels and high ceilings.
Residence at the Gramercy includes a key to Gramercy Park, the only private park in Manhattan. Preserved as a tranquil formal garden, Gramercy Park is one of the most completely intact examples of an urban park of its era.
Jimmy Fallon and wife Nancy Juvonen restored all the original windows, restored the hardwood floors throughout and added the highest quality fixtures and finishes. Nancy Juvonen designed an interior décor that delights with lighthearted references to the past, the use of vintage 1940s wallpaper, antique toys and jolts of joyous color.
A joyous, lighthearted interior is composed of vintage and custom elements.
There are six bedrooms and five full bathrooms. The west-facing eat-in kitchen, which has wonderful views of Gramercy Park, is equipped with state of the art home appliances, and custom cabinetry with E.R. Butler hardware. The room offers comfortable dining for six, and bar seating for eight beside a gas fireplace, its original mantel set with vintage tiles. Adjacent to the kitchen is a show-stopping walk-in pantry which once functioned as a working sound studio (and is still fully sound proofed). Along with the living room and kitchen, two spacious bedrooms with two full baths, a home office and laundry room complete the seventh floor.
The kitchen is a large, comfortable room perfect for family gatherings
A custom designed and crafted staircase unites the home’s three floors; it is adorned by a whimsical mural. Below the staircase is a children’s dream: a hidden playroom equipped with monkey bars, secret hatch doors, a chalkboard wall, and a “jailhouse intercom” to the upstairs playroom.
The Saloon Room is the pride of the eighth floor.
The “piece de resistance,” of the home’s eighth floor is the west-facing “Saloon Room.” This spectacular entertaining space features a vintage barback with custom inlaid stained glass and is complimented by a custom-designed fully equipped wet bar, and a gas fireplace with stone hearth. Also on the eighth floor are two additional bedrooms, one currently used as a home gym, and a full bath.
The ninth floor is home to the primary suite, with its gas fireplace, wet bar with refrigerator, custom built-in massage bed and cozy seating area. The ninth floor also features two more spacious bedrooms, another full bath, a second playroom and a second laundry room.
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