This incredibly designed building is a rare offering on the market, located at 32 East 74th Street, next door to the Daniel E. Straus’ Whitney condos. Designed by Swiss-born-and-educated American architect William Lescaze, this townhouse was originally built in 1934 for, and is now named after, Raymond C. Kramer who was a department store executive and eventually a United States Colonel.
The 6,000+ square feet of living space boasts rippled glass and bricks which create color in a kaleidoscope of diffused light. In 1976 the Kramer House was designated as a landmark. The home contains six bedrooms, five baths, and one powder room. The third and fourth floors have incredible curved windows, and all floors contain 20 foot horizontal windows on the front and back of the home. With 13 foot ceilings, the top floor exhibits a southern facing terrace, and the exterior offers a stucco facade and enamel steel paneling.
William Lescaze was an innovative, modernist, designer using glass bricks. With 5 inch square bricks, Lescaze created walls of windows which brought incredible light allowed for sound protection and privacy. Pale woods, soothing colors, and various kinds of glass were all used in order for the famous designer to execute his art form.
Previously listed at $14 million in 2010, the owner removed the Kramer House from the market and has now re-listed it with Joanna Cutler of Joanna Cutler Real Estate with an asking price of $19,500,000. While there is some concern that the property is in need of some tender care and restoration, the private residence still represents an incredible designer’s work.