Own a Piece of History: An Unusual Upper East Side Townhouse

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 4.56.15 PMThanks to a recent Instagram shot by our friend Heather Clawson, we were reminded that the historic Edward Durell Stone House is currently on the market. The space, which was granted landmark status in 1981, is a modernist renovation of an original brownstone built in 1878. Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 4.54.07 PM Original elements, like the moldings, fireplaces, and the main staircase mingle with Durell's midcentury updates to create a unique and unusual environment on New York City's Upper East Side. Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 4.54.50 PMThe statement concrete grid, which covers the entire front facade of the four bedroom home is a repeated element in the design, reappearing as an accent wall in the garden and an impressive ceiling installation in the library. The new look of the home, nestled in a neighborhood of more classic townhouses, was an architectural controversy at the time, but has since become a gleaming example of the modernist style. Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 4.54.35 PM For more photos of the home, visit The New York Times and to see the real estate listing, head to Sotheby's. Photographs: Ty Cole for The New York Times