Rare and wonderful 21.5-foot, 5-story Cushman Row townhouse in the classic Greek Revival style on Chelsea's premier Seminary block, will be offered for the first time in forty years. Described by the Landmark Preservation Commission in its historic district designation report as one of the most splendid and best preserved uniform rows of townhouses in New York City, ranking with the Greek Revival row on the northeast corner of Washington Square, this handsome townhouse is the best preserved of the seven houses built by Don Alonzo Cushman in 1839-40 for his daughters. It retains all its distinctive features, including a deep 46' south-facing rear garden, the 10' front garden enriched with cast iron candelabrum-type newel posts crowned with pineapples, and richly wrought iron railings on the stoop and yard with a Greek fret pattern at the base, lyre-shaped panels and palmetto crests. The attic windows, set in a wide fascia board ornamented with dentils and bead and reel moldings, are encircled with laurel wreaths. Other elements typical of the style are the six-over-six windows, molded lintels, well proportioned entablatures on Doric pilasters over the door with transom above, and the single paneled door trimmed with egg and dart and bead and reel moldings. Recent improvements include: a new roof (2011); new Con Edison electric and gas mains (2010-2011); new gas-fired furnace and hot water heater (2009); re-pointed facade and restored brownstone stoop, lintels, sills and cornice (2007), all to LPC specifications; restored and re-painted wrought iron railings and newel posts (the only complete set on the block); new Landmark-approved double-glazed, argon-filled Pella windows installed in dormers, the front facade and 3rd and 4th floors on the garden side (2004-2011). The interiors, while in need of updating and renovation, have been lovingly maintained in pristine condition, retaining all their major architectural details, including stunning Greek Revival moldings and pilasters on the parlor floor; beautiful parquet floors with figured borders; original marble mantelpieces; interior window shutters throughout; and classic room layouts and proportions (each with its original hall entry door), making the house an ideal candidate for re-conversion to single-family status. Currently a 5-family house with 3 market rentals through March 2013 and an owner's garden duplex, all delivered vacant, the house will be shown twice this fall on October 3rd and 10th, 12 to 4 p.m., BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
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