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Historic Tribeca Townhouse Has Very Modern Price Tag

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It's hard to believe, but there was a time when the landmark rowhouses at 25-41 Harrison Street in Tribeca were looked down upon. Built during the first half of the 19th century, the houses fell on hard times but were spared from demolition during the early days of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (three of the houses were moved from Washington Street), and their exteriors were rebuilt in 1975. At the time, architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote that "there are facades at Disneyland that look more real," and according to an old Christopher Gray piece, the city put the houses on the market for, brace, $35,000 to $75,000. Um, their values have slightly increased.

One of those old townhouses, 27 Harrison Street, has just hit the market. When it last traded hands in 1998, it sold for $1.275 million. The asking price today? A cool $5,625,000. This was the house once occupied by John McComb Jr., who designed City Hall with Joseph Mangin. The four-story house has four bedrooms, four brick fireplaces, a 400-square-foot private garden and a copper soaking tub that looks like it's just hanging out in the master suite. Sadly the listing doesn't have any pictures yet, but here's the floorplan. Do buyers care enough about history to meet the asking price?