According to a 2000 Streetscapes column in The New York Times, architect Ogden Codman "wanted to turn 96th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues into an elegant Parisian ensemble, with wide, French-style town houses lining the wide block, almost like a European square." To that end, he designed several homes on the block—and one of those, at 7 East 96th Street, recently hit the market for $23 million. This isn't the first time that its current owners, the Manhattan Country School, have tried to offload the property: it first came up for sale in 2014 for the same price, then again in January of 2015, and here we are again. And while the price may be too high for buyers, there's no denying that the home is a beaut: it's full of those French-inspired details that Codman loved, including a porte-cochere, parquet de Versailles flooring, Juliet balconies, and more.
Listing: 7 East 96th Street [Sotheby's via StreetEasy]
Manhattan Country School Lists Mansion HQ For $23 Million [Curbed]
All 7 East 96th Street Coverage [Curbed]