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All images of Millay House via Nest Seekers International All images of Millay House via Nest Seekers International
The more New York changes, the more it stays the same. In 1873, the house at 75 ½ Bedford Street was built during a smallpox epidemic. Nearly 150 years later, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to vex New Yorkers, the townhouse, also known as Millay House, is on the market for $4.99 million.
The house was built on the former carriage entryway between 75 and 77 Bedford Street, which accounts for its fractional address and status as the city’s narrowest house (only 9’6” wide!). However, architecture enthusiasts are not the only ones drawn to 75 ½ Bedford Street; others are drawn to its rich history. After short stints as a cobbler’s shop and a candy factory, a group of artists and actors led by Spalding Hall leased 73-77 Bedford Street and established the Cherry Lane Theater, which is now New York’s longest continually running off-Broadway theater. Some time after it was founded, John Barrymore and Cary Grant stayed at the house while performing at the Cherry Lane Theater.
Edna St Vincent Millay plaque Plaque image via Town Residential
Among the artists was Edna St. Vincent Millay, the poet and playwright who would come to serve as the house’s namesake. She and her husband, Eugen Jan Boissevain, only lived there from 1923-1924, shortly after she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, but they made their mark on the house: Among other enhancements, architect Ferdinand Savignano turned the top floor into a studio for her and installed a skylight, which is still in the house today.
In the 1930s, after Millay and Boissevain had left for Austria, cartoonist and author William Steig (whose works include Shrek!, the basis for the film franchise) lived in the house with his wife, Elizabeth Mead Steig, and her sister, anthropologist Margaret Mead. Some time later, children’s book author Ann McGovern’s time in the house would inspire her to writer Mr. Skinner’s Skinny House.
In an interview with The Villager, a local noted that the house was in dire need of renovations when architect and preservationist Christopher Dubs purchased it with his partner, Cedric Wilson, in 1996. Indeed, the house has been beautifully renovated and updated to make the most of its space and size through the years, though not at the expense of its historic details. As the house returns to the market, we take a look inside.
Millay House West Village

Edna St Vincent Millay house - 75.5 Bedford Street - Village townhouse

↓ The main level's 8'-4" wide interior is ideal for mirrors

↓ Original wood beams throughout the home have been beautifully restored.

75.5 Bedford Street - Village townhouses

↓ The skylight still fills the home with abundant natural light, as do oversized windows.

75.5 Bedford Street - West Village townhouses

↓ The kitchen has been updated with custom millwork and Italian marble countertops.

75.5 Bedford Street - West Village townhouses

↓ The baths have been renovated to modern standards.

75.5 Bedford Street - West Village townhouses

↓ The finished basement has a washer/dryer, generous storage space, and powder room.

75.5 Bedford Street - West Village townhouse

↓ Floor-to-ceiling French doors on the first and second floors open to a tree-shaded backyard.

75.5 Bedford Street - Village townhouses
75.5 Bedford Street - Village real estate

↓ There are private balconies off the full-floor primary suite and a secondary bedroom on the third floor.

75.5 Bedford Street - Village real estate

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