The Pritzker Prize winner (whose work includes the Louvre Pyramid in Paris) purchased the historic home more than 45 years ago.
The elegant, four-story townhouse where late Chinese-American architect I.M Pei and his wife, Eileen, lived is now on the market. Set within the esteemed New York City enclave of Sutton Place, the 3,848-square-foot property was originally built in 1899. The couple bought the home nearly five decades ago from Franklin D. Roosevelt's cousin, Laura "Polly" Delano.
Through the years, the master architect renovated both the exterior and interior of the Manhattan townhome, weaving his signature modernist aesthetic into all four floors of the property. Boasting four bedrooms, three full baths, and two powder rooms, the stately residence also comprises a magnificent library with towering bookshelves designed by Pei himself.
Other notable features designed and added by Pei include an exceptional spiral staircase and a large geometric skylight—which was inspired by the architect's famed glass pyramid at The Louvre museum. Throughout the home, dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows frame picturesque views of the East River out the front and the private Sutton Place park in the back.
Although Pei passed away earlier this year at the age of 102, he will be forever remembered for his thoughtful way of blending history, culture, and art into all of his designs. Along with his iconic masterpiece in Paris, some of his other memorable landmarks include: the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, as well as the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong. Scroll ahead to see more of the space he called home, currently listed for $8,000,000.