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125 East 65th Street

Between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue
House
$22,500,000
Annual Taxes: $145,942
What will this home cost?
Subway Lines
Subway number F Subway number 6 Subway number N Subway number R Subway number W Subway number 4 Subway number 5 Subway number Q
Nearby Subway Stations
Subway number F Lexington Ave - 63rd St
Subway number 6 Lexington Ave - 68th St
Subway number N Lexington Ave - 59th St
Subway number R Lexington Ave - 59th St
Subway number W Lexington Ave - 59th St
Subway number 4 Lexington Ave - 60th St
Subway number 5 Lexington Ave - 60th St
Subway number Q Lexington Ave - 60th St
Essentials
Price $22,500,000
Type House
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Rooms 16
Approx. Sq. Ft. 12,000
Key Features
Garden
Elevator
Guarantors Allowed
Meeting Room
Package Room

125 East 65th Street

In 1904, Charles A. Platt, created a four-story neo-Federal residence for Dr. Frederic S. Reed that features a Flemish bond brick facade with stone trim. Platt also designed 47 & 49 East 65th Street for the Roosevelts (FDR) as well as the Astor Court apartments for the Astors. Dr. Freed was a noted physiologist who helped establish Columbia University's Department of Physiology and whose researches included the role of the inner ear in maintaining equilibrium as well as the physiology of muscles. He was also the president of the New York Botanical Society between 1923 and 1927 while his wife, Laura Billings Lee, was a member of the council of the Charity Organization Society and the Board of Trustees of the Russell Sage Foundation.

In 1944, the house was sold to publishing legend, Henry R. Luce, who gifted it to the China Institute through a foundation established in memory of his father, Henry Winters Luce, a former missionary and educator in China. It remained the Institute’s home until its sale in 2014. In 2017, it was the site of the Kips Bay Designers Showhouse.

THE CURRENT LAYOUT
The garden floor of this grand property currently consists of a front room, two powder rooms and a rear kitchen that opens onto a Suzhou garden that was created by craftsmen in the traditional style that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. The parlour level, with its simulated rusticated exterior brick work, is comprised of an interior front receiving room, two walk-in closets, a rear kitchenette as well as a dignified wood-paneled room with a large wood burning fireplace. The third floor features capacious front and rear rooms, each with wood burning fireplaces. A wrought iron balcony runs across the front, complementing tall french windows and splayed flat arches with keystones. Above, a stone band can be seen on the sill level of the fourth floor exterior. Inside are two full-width rooms, also with wood burning fireplaces. There are spaces allocated for a powder room plus a full bathroom also. Finally, the fifth floor is currently configured as four rooms, one with a wood burning fireplace and a powder room. The building's mechanicals are located in the cellar. An elevator services the garden to the top floor.

Upper East Side
Living in the Upper East Side
Old world elegance and new world modernity are in perfect harmony in this storied neighborhood. Famed for its 'museum mile,' which includes some of the city's most cultured institutions, the Upper East Side is also home to stylish cocktail lounges, high-end restaurants and some of the city's most celebrated upscale boutiques.
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125 East 65th Street
Those desiring a stately residence know that with New York townhouses, width and location are everything. In the case of 125 East 65th Street, neither can be equaled. This four stories, neo-Federal style red brick estate currently houses China Institute and awaits a discerning purchaser who desires the ultimate, gracious and grand New York manse. The property is also uniquely suited for a school, private club, diplomatic residence or institution.<p> </p> Commissioned in 1904 by Mr. Frederick S. Lee, this stately mansion was designed by world renown architect and artist, Charles A. Platt as a private residence. Mr. Lee a noted physiologist in his time, helped establish the Department of Physiology at Columbia University. Charles A. Platt, also known as the architect of the “American Renaissance” also designed, among many notable buildings, President Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Manhattan townhouse residence located one block away.<p> This estate has been in the hands of China Institute since 1944 and had one prior owner - Mr. Frederick S. Lee himself. The estate is suitable for the grandest entertaining yet affording the most gracious of traditional style, the manse offers the ultimate in discretion and luxury for the well-heeled tycoon. A diamond in the rough the property waits for its metamorphosis. Such opportunities in Manhattan are rarified.
Details
Prewar
Built in 1910
4 floors
1 units
Elevator
Amenities
Common garden
Guarantors allowed
Meeting room
Package room

125 East 65th Street
Between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue
House
Essentials
Price $22,500,000
Annual Taxes $145,942
Type House
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Rooms 16
Approx. Sq. Ft. 12,000

125 East 65th Street

In 1904, Charles A. Platt, created a four-story neo-Federal residence for Dr. Frederic S. Reed that features a Flemish bond brick facade with stone trim. Platt also designed 47 & 49 East 65th Street for the Roosevelts (FDR) as well as the Astor Court apartments for the Astors. Dr. Freed was a noted physiologist who helped establish Columbia University's Department of Physiology and whose researches included the role of the inner ear in maintaining equilibrium as well as the physiology of muscles. He was also the president of the New York Botanical Society between 1923 and 1927 while his wife, Laura Billings Lee, was a member of the council of the Charity Organization Society and the Board of Trustees of the Russell Sage Foundation.

In 1944, the house was sold to publishing legend, Henry R. Luce, who gifted it to the China Institute through a foundation established in memory of his father, Henry Winters Luce, a former missionary and educator in China. It remained the Institute’s home until its sale in 2014. In 2017, it was the site of the Kips Bay Designers Showhouse.

THE CURRENT LAYOUT
The garden floor of this grand property currently consists of a front room, two powder rooms and a rear kitchen that opens onto a Suzhou garden that was created by craftsmen in the traditional style that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. The parlour level, with its simulated rusticated exterior brick work, is comprised of an interior front receiving room, two walk-in closets, a rear kitchenette as well as a dignified wood-paneled room with a large wood burning fireplace. The third floor features capacious front and rear rooms, each with wood burning fireplaces. A wrought iron balcony runs across the front, complementing tall french windows and splayed flat arches with keystones. Above, a stone band can be seen on the sill level of the fourth floor exterior. Inside are two full-width rooms, also with wood burning fireplaces. There are spaces allocated for a powder room plus a full bathroom also. Finally, the fifth floor is currently configured as four rooms, one with a wood burning fireplace and a powder room. The building's mechanicals are located in the cellar. An elevator services the garden to the top floor.

Garden
Elevator
Guarantors Allowed
Meeting Room
Package Room
Upper East Side
Living in the Upper East Side
Old world elegance and new world modernity are in perfect harmony in this storied neighborhood. Famed for its 'museum mile,' which includes some of the city's most cultured institutions, the Upper East Side is also home to stylish cocktail lounges, high-end restaurants and some of the city's most celebrated upscale boutiques.
Explore Upper East Side
Subway Lines
Subway number F Subway number 6 Subway number N Subway number R Subway number W Subway number 4 Subway number 5 Subway number Q
Nearby Subway Stations
Subway number F Lexington Ave - 63rd St
Subway number 6 Lexington Ave - 68th St
Subway number N Lexington Ave - 59th St
Subway number R Lexington Ave - 59th St
Subway number W Lexington Ave - 59th St
Subway number 4 Lexington Ave - 60th St
Subway number 5 Lexington Ave - 60th St
Subway number Q Lexington Ave - 60th St
125 East 65th Street
Those desiring a stately residence know that with New York townhouses, width and location are everything. In the case of 125 East 65th Street, neither can be equaled. This four stories, neo-Federal style red brick estate currently houses China Institute and awaits a discerning purchaser who desires the ultimate, gracious and grand New York manse. The property is also uniquely suited for a school, private club, diplomatic residence or institution.<p> </p> Commissioned in 1904 by Mr. Frederick S. Lee, this stately mansion was designed by world renown architect and artist, Charles A. Platt as a private residence. Mr. Lee a noted physiologist in his time, helped establish the Department of Physiology at Columbia University. Charles A. Platt, also known as the architect of the “American Renaissance” also designed, among many notable buildings, President Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Manhattan townhouse residence located one block away.<p> This estate has been in the hands of China Institute since 1944 and had one prior owner - Mr. Frederick S. Lee himself. The estate is suitable for the grandest entertaining yet affording the most gracious of traditional style, the manse offers the ultimate in discretion and luxury for the well-heeled tycoon. A diamond in the rough the property waits for its metamorphosis. Such opportunities in Manhattan are rarified.
Details
Prewar
Built in 1910
4 floors
1 units
Elevator
Amenities
Common garden
Guarantors allowed
Meeting room
Package room