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185-year-old West Village townhouse with storied past seeks $16.8M

The expansive home has hosted several historical greats throughout its lifespan

If the walls of this 19th-century West Village townhouse could talk, they would likely have some great stories to tell. It’s impressive enough that the huge five-bedroom, five bathroom carriage home comes with extraordinary details but that isn’t all—there is a captivating history filled with interesting facts about those who once lived here.

The 5,000-square-foot home, now asking $16.8 million, was built in 1831 and acquired by painter Clara Davidge and her husband, poet Edwin Arlington Robinson. It received a renovation in 1925 that introduced Georgian Palladian flare along with six fireplaces, arched windows, an elevator, and other elegant features. From there, the space went on to host many artists as parts of the house were utilized as studios. The listing description gives a full rundown of the many prominent people that have found themselves within the home at one point of another (Mark Twain, Willa Cather, and Hillary Clinton are just a few of them) and let’s just say this place has seen some action.

There is a library lined with wood wall paneling, several detailed ceiling medallions throughout, and lots of detailed molding. The rear cottage boasts a sky-lit studio with a fireplace of its own and a nifty sleeping loft while a charming planted garden makes up the outdoor space.