740 Park Avenue
|740 Park Avenue|
Building under renovation in 2008
|Location||740 Park Avenue|
|Architect(s)||Rosario Candela and Arthur Loomis Harmon|
An apartment previously belonging to John D. Rockefeller, Jr., when sold by Saul P. Steinberg in 2000, brought a price "slightly above or below $30 million," reportedly the highest price ever paid on Park Avenue. Rockefeller moved to the building in 1936.
The apartment house has 31 units. The building exterior is clad with limestone. It has the highest ceilings and widest hallways on Park. The building was built in 1929, designed by Rosario Candela and Arthur Loomis Harmon, the design partner of Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. The builder was James T. Lee, whose daughter Janet Lee Bouvier and son-in-law Jack Bouvier would take the final open lease (according to one account, for free), and their daughter Jackie Kennedy Onassis grew up there. (Gross, 2005)
Life in the building is amusingly described in the New York Social Diary
- Jackie Kennedy (wife of John F. Kennedy), childhood home.
- David H. Koch, occupies an 18-room duplex on the fourth and fifth floors said to have been purchased in 2005 for $17 million.
- Ronald Lauder, businessman (son of Estée Lauder and brother of Leonard Lauder).
- John D. Rockefeller, Jr., lived from 1938 to 1960 in a 24-room, 12-bath duplex.
- Steve Ross, late CEO of Time Warner
- Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group (who bought it from Saul Steinberg for just over $35 million).
- J. Ezra Merkin, Hedge-Fund Manager (son of late businessman Hermann Merkin).
- John Thain, last chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch.
- Thelma Chrysler Foy, automobile heiress.
- Arthur and Joseph Santry, CEOs of Combustion Engineering .
- Vera Wang, Bridal gown designer who inherited a 10th and 11th floor duplex from her father, C.C. Wang.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Gross, Michael. "Where the Boldface Bunk", The New York Times, March 11, 2004. Accessed October 8, 2007.
- ↑ Josh Barbenel (October 29, 2006). "The Candidate as Landlord". The New York Times. http://travel.nytimes.com/2006/10/29/realestate/29Deal1.html?pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2007-04-10.
- ↑ "Rockefeller Apartments". Time Magazine. 1936-10-26. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,788614,00.html. Retrieved 2007-04-10.
- ↑ The Root of All Evil and Home Sweet Home
- ↑ Rogers, Teri Karush. "Peeking Behind the Gilded Walls of 740 Park Ave.", The New York Times, October 9, 2005. Accessed August 15, 2007.
- ↑ "Merrill Lynch CEO Thain Spent $1.22 Million On Office". CNBC.com. January 22, 2009. http://www.cnbc.com/id/28793892. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
- Michael Gross. "740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building" Broadway Books, 2005
- Where the Boldfaced Bunk by Michael Gross, The New York Times, March 11, 2004
- Curbed Q&A: Michael Gross on 740 Park's $27m Penthouse (interview, Jan. 2006) "With duplex penthouse 17D at legendary apartment building 740 Park Avenue hitting the market priced at $27.5 million, "
- The Upper East Side Book By Carter B. Horsley (gives references to articles about Candela's design for the building)
- Streetscapes: 740 Park Avenue; Repairs for a '29 Luxury Co-op by Christopher Gray, The New York Times, October 21, 1990
- Andrew Alpern. "The New York Apartment Houses of Rosario Candela and James Carpenter" Acanthus Press, 2001
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