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154 East 78th Street Rendering of 154 East 78th Street created by Anderson Kenny Architecture / CGMAX
In the summer of last year, Yoseif Parners filed applications with the city's Department of Buildings to construct a seven-level home that will be among the largest single-family homes in Manhattan. Now under construction along a tony Upper East Side block, the mansion will span a whopping 18,729 square feet across two lots at 152-154 East 78th Street. The development is situated between Lexington and Third avenues, directly across from the recently finished and sold out condominium, 151 East 78th Street.
The local practice, Anderson Kenny Architecture are the home's designers, and employed a traditional, Neo-Federal-style vocabulary to harmonize with the elegant masonry block. Prior to construction, the site held a pair of rowhouses of contrasting styles and quality. The new structure echoes the design of the more opulent house that stood at 154 East 78th Street, and is composed of a rusticated stone base, a grand central entryway, a red brick facade accented by quoins, and an opulent stone balustrade fronting a mansard roof.
The construction site (October 12, 2016)
The two row-houses that previously occupied the site.
At the site, groundwork is underway and an elaborate network of steel bracing has been erected to support the walls of adjacent structures. Few details exist about the project, but construction permits show there will be two below grade levels, one of which will host a swimming pool. There will be five floors above ground and it will be topped by a roof deck outfitted with a vegetated trellis as seen in the rendering. Taconic Builders are the general contractors who have amassed a great deal of experience building high-end homes and commercial properties.
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