Begun in February of 1886 and completed two years later, this residence is replete with turrets, porches, balconies and no fewer than 66 windows. It was built for a personality equally elaborate. How appropriate that James A. Bailey, the king of circus-men, would build such a exquisite home for his family. Architect, S. B. Reed, unabashedly imitated the opulence of Fifth Avenue for this house. This freestanding 68' wide limestone mansion, with a silhouette of Flemish inspired gables and a large corner tower is reminiscent of a medieval castle. It contains one of the most extensive installations of Belcher mosaic glass, similar to Tiffany glass windows. Most of the panels are highlighted with small jewels, making them among the most complex scenic windows ever produced. This is truly one of New York City's finest relics of Victorian bravura. A boxed stoop with two changes of directions, almost like a small terrace, extends in front to the entry way. The rich workmanship, extraordinary carpentry, along with the incredible details given to each element, including fittings, fixtures, and decorative hardware, make this home a masterpiece. The French polished oak floors, with beautifully crafted mahogany inlays, greet you upon entering the double height entry foyer. The dramatic staircase in the double height entry foyer and 12' high mercury mirror are extremely impressive as you enter a home that one can transform into a luxurious private residence, foundation, or school. Please note this mansion requires a substantial restoration.
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