A historic slice of Gramercy Park trades for $23M

4 Gramercy Park West, 1935 (credit: New York Public Library)

A Gramercy Park townhouse that once belonged to the former mayor of New York James Harper, just sold for $23.09 million.

4 Gramercy Park West (credit: Douglas Elliman)

The red-brick townhouse found at 4 Gramercy Park West exchanged hands in an off market deal reports the New York Post. It comes with high ceilings, five decorative fireplaces, hardwood floors, ornate moldings, a chef’s kitchen, a garden, and of course — the best amenity of all — a key to Gramercy Park.

Harper was elected mayor in 1844 for a one-year term, and the city saw the banishment of free-roaming pigs from the streets under his watch. He also founded the publishing company J. & J. Harper, which has since turned into HarperCollins. He lived in the house from 1847 until his death in 1869.

Designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis, the house is also famed for being featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited.

The new owner of the house, according to city records, is 4 Desolation Row LLC — a reference to a Bob Dylan song. They were represented by Douglas Elliman broker Lisa Simonsen.

[New York Post]