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Iconic “Urban Retreat” in New York city by Paul Rudolph

By Eric Meunier


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In the 1960s, architect Paul Rudolph transformed this 19th-century carriage house located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York city, USA, into a four story modern home.

According to Architectural Digest, the residence, “commissioned by a real-estate lawyer, was later sold to fashion designer Halston, who used the living room to host bacchanals for his famous friends.

Its most recent owner, the late German-born industrialist and photographer Gunter Sachs, replaced the wall-to-wall carpeting with white-oak floors and added balustrades on the precarious mezzanine and catwalk.

The Rudolph scheme otherwise remains intact.”

This iconic property is now back on the market. The asking price is $38.5 million, above the sale prices on more traditional houses nearby.

“We look at it as a piece of art,” said Noble Black, a broker at Corcoran Group, who is listing the house along with Bonnie Pfeiffer Evans and Carmen Marques Perez.

“There are no comps for a house like this.”

Photos courtesy of Corcoran

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About Eric Meunier

Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

4 thoughts on “Iconic “Urban Retreat” in New York city by Paul Rudolph”

  1. Fearing that he was suffering from Alzheimer Disease, Gunter Sachs ended his life last year, so that’s the reason why the house is for sale now. The guy on the left side of the big ‘PUFF’ picture shows Gunter Sachs in his younger years. He was married to Brigitte Bardot, so that’s why you can find her picture in the house too. The place reflects the life of Gunter Sachs and the people who surrounded him.


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