William Randolph Hearst's Clarendon penthouse may be but a fraction of the size it once was, but the Upper West Side apartment still covers a bonkers 17,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. So of course the pad, on the market since March 2014, has won an appropriately large ask. Despite getting a $14 million pricechop in early April, the historic penthouse has gone into contract for $24 million and constitutes the city's most expensive sale of last week, according to the Olshan Report.
Publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst bought the entirety of the co-op building at 137 Riverside Drive in 1913 and assembled a grand penthouse inclusive of a 100-foot-long tapestry hall that featured, as per a former listing, "suits of armor, stained glass windows and art taken from European palaces." Although Hearst's grand penthouse was divided into smaller units once the depression hit and he foreclosed on the building, the penthouse that remains today still covers 7,000 interior square feet split between 17 rooms and 10,000 square feet of terraces.
The seller is extolled art and furniture collector Benedict Silverman, who showed the folks at Architectural Digest around the pad over a decade ago.
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