A rare Harlem townhouse, 32 Mount Morris Park West stands as a truly unique opportunity to live within the culturally rich fabric of this historic neighborhood. Originally built in 1888, it was part of a four-home estate for John Dwight, a pioneer in the baking soda business and owner of Arm and Hammer Co. Number 32 was built for his daughter, Clara Dwight, and her husband, General Alexander Phoenix Ketchum, who had been a commander under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
Completely restored, this 7,000 square foot elevator mansion has a comfortable aura that soothes, and is sure to warm your heart. With a sophisticated understanding of space, designer/owner Brad Linard brought together the finest of materials with an eye for preservation to create a home that inspires calm and creativity. The elevator services all floors of the home including the basement. Central air conditioning keeps the house comfortable, and 9 working fireplaces create a warm and cozy aura and a media system makes the home easy to entertain in.
Upon approach to the house the bucolic nature of Mount Morris Park surprises you. Bordered by historic town homes, the park has been restored through major capital contributions improving the pool and landscaping. The facade of 32 Mount Morris Park is grand. One climbs its classic stoop to baronial front doors that welcome you into the mansions inviting interior.
When you enter the parlor floor with its 128 ceilings and regal staircase, one is immediately transported by the splendor of its lofty triple parlor. The floor has a formal dining area, a comfortable family room with a fireplace that flows beautifully thru an archway to an ultra elegant eat-in chefs kitchen. This inspiring kitchen is architecturally stunning, and features an imported granite slab center island, a working fireplace and French door ensconced informal dining area which opens up to a lovely terrace that over looks the garden. The Kitchen has all top-of-the-line appliances including a Sub Zero refrigerator, Viking oven and microwave, Miele dishwasher and Franke sink. Every detail is restored not just on this floor, but throughout the entire home including pocket doors, restored fireplaces, intricate moldings and ceiling rosettes.
The second floor continues to surprise with a stunning formal living room with cast iron columns, a working fireplace, beautiful library alcove and bright views over Mount Morris Park. This floor also has a generous guest bedroom with en-suite bath and fireplace, and in the hall a wonderful windowed powder room.
The third floor is comprised of the master bedroom suite of three glorious rooms boasting the most luxurious layout you will see in a townhouse. The master bath features a cast iron and ceramic tub centered mid room in front of a working fireplace and separate wet room shower with privacy windows allowing for rare natural light. The bath has two separate Basalt and Volcanic Stone vanities with large mirrors flanking the fireplace. Separating the bath from the master sleeping chamber is a large wardrobe suite with plenty of hanging space, a center vanity table with built in refrigerator and 4 wardrobe cabinets. The comforting sleep chamber looks over the terrace and garden and is generous in scale and features a beautifully mantled working fire place and sitting area. A large windowed laundry room with double washer/dryer completes this floor.
The next floor has two additional bedrooms, one with an en-suite windowed Bath while the other windowed bath is in the hall, both with high ceilings and appointed In the finest taste. These bedrooms also each have working fireplaces ensconced in rare mantles. There is a galley kitchen in the middle of this floor which leads to the fifth floor where we find a full rooftop glass enclosed gym with access to two outdoor spaces. The rear terrace is home to a barbecue grill and the front facing terrace is decked and is the perfect spot to lounge, entertain, soak in the sun or dine alfresco.
Last but not least on the garden level of the house. Enjoy having your own fully restored guest apartment. Use it for visits with family and friends, a nanny's residence, or for income. The taxes for this house are low and are a small percentage of what it would cost to own a condominium or cooperative of similar size and the household runs efficiently to make the operation and ownership of the home financially attractive.
No detail was overlooked while restoring this stately home. All the historic elements were preserved while state of the art amenities added.