A look inside the lavish Mission of Yugoslavia on Fifth Avenue

854 Fifth Avenue (credit: Douglas Elliman)

A storied $50 million Gilded Age mansion on the Upper East Side now has an official listing and some very, very opulent accompanying photos.

Designed by the same architects responsible for Grand Central Station, the house is being offered for the first time in over 70 years, and comes complete with all furnishings and decoration.

The lavish spread was bought by the former Republic of Yugoslavia in 1946 for $300,000 and for decades it was home to the nation’s UN Mission. It reportedly still features a top-floor Faraday Cage — a metal-padded room — that officials used to make calls without being wiretapped, and bullet-proof windows. It also served as a hideout for Josip Broz Tito, and now houses the offices of Serbia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

Last week, Yugoslavia’s successor states — Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia —  finally worked out an agreement to sell the mansion.

The property has supposedly already attracted six offers.

  • Mihael Milunovic

    It is just surreal – from this viewpoint, how grand country was Yugoslavia, and how, the federated and constitutional peoples could not perceive this grandeur and importance, over the nationalistic and destructive hunchback. It is both saddening and overwhelming. Most of inhabitants of the newly created, “independent” states in what was before Yugoslavia, mourn the glam and good life in once big Yugoslavia. Shortsighted nationalism, made the establishment of that country easy prey for foreign secret service agendas that were drafted for the after-the-fall-of-communism era. This is just a last chapter in what the war in Yugoslavia was really about – privatizing the economy and land, and drowning of the population in debt.

    • Igor Marsenic


    • gingerhead2

      No communist country has ever had “good ‘ol days” under communism. The terrible war of separation resulted from Tito ruling practices.
      Communist joke:
      “How are things for you today?”
      “Not as good as yesterday. But better than tomorrow will be.”