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Lovely Carnegie Hill House With Literary Cachet Drops Is In Contract

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The gorgeous townhouse, once owned by author Patrick Dennis, is sunny and bright

UPDATE: Our mistake—the broker has confirmed that this house is indeed in contract. Curbed regrets the error.

Here's an opportunity to own a piece of literary history, provided you've got enough cash to spare. This lovely four-story, four-bedroom home first appeared on the market in July 2015 asking $9 million, and after a $1.5 million price cut, it's back with a $7.5 million ask.

American author Patrick Dennis (the nom de plume for Edward Tanner III), bought the Beaux Arts townhouse in the 1950s and made a number of decorative alterations ideal for a creative turn of mind. Dennis wrote Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade, which chronicled the wild adventures of a boy growing up with his eccentric aunt. The author lived here with his wife Louise Tanner, also a writer. Her most famous work, Miss Bannister’s Girls, was inspired by her experiences as a student at the all-girls finishing school Miss Chapin’s.

Built in 1910, the four-story, four-bedroom home has two outdoor spaces, a library, and stained-glass windows. The biggest modification the couple made was to combine half the second floor with the garden level living room to accommodate Louise’s ten-foot-high medieval tapestries. Upon entering, guests are greeted with a dramatic twenty-foot living room ceiling and a Palladian-style window looking onto the street. Other highlights include a dining room featuring a wall of windows that intersect a panel of skylights, bringing the outdoors inside and affording views of the secluded back garden.