The just-sold townhouse at 18 West 11th Street is quite the character. In 1970, an accidental bomb explosion by the leftist group Weather Underground destroyed the house, then architect Hugh Hardy bought the lot with plans to build the modern, angular house we see today. Hardy had to sell before he could build, but he only sold it on the condition that the new owners, the Langworthys, used his designs. The Langworthys then put their own historical stamp on the house, displaying a Paddington bear in the front window, changing his outfit to match the weather or for holidays. It became a neighborhood icon, but the Langworthys have died, and the house was put on the market for $11 million in May. Now, the house has sold to new owners for $9.3 million. We hope there was a condition in the contract that Paddington gets to stay.
· Townhouse On Site of Weather Underground Explosion Sells for $9.3M [The Real Deal]
· Exploded Village Townhouse Asks $11M [Curbed]
· 18 West 11th Street [Corcoran via Streeteasy]