Late Architect I.M. Pei’s Manhattan Townhouse Lists for $8M

Late Architect I.M. Pei’s Manhattan Townhouse Lists for $8M

By Kathryn M.
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.

Set on the parlor level of the home is a large and airy library, which can easily be converted into a fifth bedroom. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves (designed by Pei) stretch across one wall, while bespoke doors on the opposite side hide even more storage.

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.

A galley kitchen—equipped with stainless-steel appliances and countertops—is located on the garden floor and accessed from the main foyer. Steps away is a large pantry that includes additional cabinetry, as well as another sink. 

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.

Marble lines the floor of the home's formal dining area, while oversized glass doors frame views out to the garden. The space is large enough to accommodate easy entertaining.

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.

A peek at the stunning Pei-designed spiral staircase, capped with an oblong skylight.

Up the stairs is a light-filled living room which features Tasmanian oak flooring and 10-foot-tall ceilings. According the the listing, the couple "loved to host lively intellectual affairs with their circle of friends, global dignitaries, and artists" in this very space.

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In total, the townhouse offers four bedrooms. Here is a look at the master bedroom, complete with built-in bookshelves and a fireplace that includes the original mantel and marble inlay.

Built in 1899, the historic resident sits in the middle of Sutton Place, the New York enclave pioneered in the early 1920s by socialite Anne Vanderbilt. The exclusive area is comprised of 14 notable townhouses arranged in a U-shape surrounding the residents' private park.

11 Sutton Place New York, New York, is currently listed for $8,000,000 by Edward Joseph of Christie's International Real Estate.

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