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Russian Billionaire’s Upper East Side Megamansion Gets the Go-Ahead From Landmarks

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Roman Abramovich’s plan to combine three townhouses on the UES advances

The second time’s a charm from Roman Abramovich, the Russian business magnate of immeasurable wealth. Abramovich’s plans for an 18,000-square-foot Upper East Side megamansion were approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission this afternoon, 6sqft first reported.

The plan to combine the three townhouses 11, 13, and 15 East 75th Street first came in front of the LPC in early April, only to be rejected by the commission which took particular issue with the treatment of the facade at no. 11.

The new plan for the megamansion restores the facade of no. 11 to a nicer version of its existing Neo-Federal style rather than converting it back to the Queen Anne style it was built in in the 1800s. It also tweaked the entrances to the three townhouses which, from the street, won’t necessarily look like one property to an undiscerning passer-by.

The rear facade, reconstructed in a glass and bronze curtain wall, also got a little design swap involving some rocks.

Along with the presentation materials presented to the Landmarks Preservation Commission came a look at the floorplans for the proposed megamansion. In order of least bonkers to most bonkers, here are a few things in the plans that stand out: a basement viewing room, an accessory kitchen in the cellar level, two full master bedroom bathrooms, a central atrium that will culminate in a courtyard on the second floor, two elevators, a dual-height "art room," a pool that nearly spans the width of the three townhouses, a sauna that appears to be camouflaged by some backyard landscaping, a rooftop kitchen enclosed in a greenhouse, a bidet in every full bathroom. A look at the proposed floorplans, below.

Note the "flexible room" next to the master bedroom, in which the owner of Chelsea F.C. and the world's second longest private yacht just may engage in activities of the Scrooge McDuck variety.

The LPC approval doesn't necessarily mean the megamansion's a go—it was still rejected by the Department of Buildings back in March and must win the agency's approval before moving forward.

For the full presentation materials, head right this way.