Lawyers are known for their somber and conservative taste. In other words, they can be a bit dull. That, however, cannot be said of the one-time home of John Trevor, Sr. – J.P. Morgan’s personal attorney. His 19th-century townhouse in Midtown just returned to the market asking $14 million.
The massive 9,300-square-foot townhouse, at 21 East 37th Street, sits across the street from the Morgan Library and is currently divided into 10 apartments. The sellers are banking that someone will want to return the building to single-family status and create a five-story mansion, according to 6sqft.
Back in 1894 the J.P. Morgan residence (now the Morgan Library) drew other prominent residents to the area. Part of the appeal was electricity. Morgan’s house was the first private residence in the city to have electric lights.
Architect David Robins was soon after tapped to design this 25-foot-wide townhouse with an L-shaped front stoop, large wooden door and mosaics at the entryway.
The front parlor features 13.5-foot domed ceilings, wainscoting and two large windows facing 37th Street. The home has nine marble wood-burning fireplace and a music room.