Park Avenue Tower duplex that was once home to John D. Rockefeller, Jackie Kennedy and Vera Wang comes on the market at $26 million

A 14-room duplex in one of New York City’s wealthiest condominiums, 740 Park Ave., went on the market Wednesday and cost $26 million.

Built in 1929 by James T. Lee, banker and real estate investor and grandfather of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the building was designed by noted New York architect Rosario Candela. The future first lady lived in the building as a child, and other past residents include Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller, Blackstone BX,
CEO Stephen Schwarzman and fashion designer Vera Wang, according to marketing materials from Corcoran’s listing agent Francine Crocker.

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The apartment “should feel like a house within an apartment building,” Crocker told Mansion Global. “It has a private elevator vestibule that goes to each floor when needed, and entertainment rooms [on the main level] with sleeping places upstairs.”

Each of the unit’s four bedrooms has its own bathroom, Crocker said, while a master suite has its own patio. In addition to multiple living and entertaining areas with large windows and fireplaces, the main level includes a wood-paneled library with built-in bar, Listing photos show. The two floors are connected by a dramatic spiral staircase that preserves its original railing.

“With so many [historic] Traits that have changed her so much over the years,” Crocker said. “This apartment has of course been refurbished but many of the floor plans are the same as the original floor plan.”

Some of the world’s elite live in a 20-block stretch of Manhattan’s Central Park. Four of the most exclusive buildings are 740 Park Avenue, One Beacon Court, 834 Fifth Avenue and 432 Park Avenue. Photo: Andrew Lamberson for The Wall Street Journal

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A swing door leads from the formal dining room into the spacious, renovated kitchen, which Crocker says includes a butler’s pantry and separate wine fridge. Stairs lead up from this part of the house to an area that was originally used as staff quarters and currently houses a laundry, a bathroom and an “office that could be a staff quarters,” Crocker said.

The sellers, who could not be identified, acquired the property in 2012. The previous sale price could not be determined.

The building itself has been the subject of media coverage over the decades, including the 2005 book 740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building by author Michael Gross. The building also has a reputation for turning down high-profile potential buyers, including Barbra Streisand, Barbara Walters, Joan Crawford, and Neil Sedaka, the New York Times reports has called.

From the archive (May 2021): Ex-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sells New York apartment for $26 million Park Avenue Tower duplex that was once home to John D. Rockefeller, Jackie Kennedy and Vera Wang comes on the market at $26 million

Brian Lowry

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