436 West 20th Street represents an Old English–inspired architecture inside and out. Originally constructed in 1835, the building is a 4-story mansion that has been completely renovated to create a truly amazing mix of a modern and classic environment.
The restoration has maintained the building's 13 original working wood-burning fireplaces, its grand mahogany doors, and period moldings to create the classical touch. Each of the floors has beautiful south-garden and south-facing terraces. There are two kitchens outfitted with modern appliances such Miele dishwashers, Liebherr refrigerators and ovens, and even wine chillers. An unusual feature these days is the soundproofing inside. A master bedroom suite, measuring 1200 square feet, is adorned with three skylights, and there is a huge ballroom that can host more than 100 guests.
The building also boasts a parlor floor that includes a butler’s pantry and three English water closets. The topmost floor hosts a 500 square-foot office that leads by ladder to a rooftop that is decorated with a lovely garden. From this deck are spectacular views of the Hudson River. In addition, the majestic interiors of the building are also equipped with other features to provide comfort and safety,such as a large elevator and video security devices.
This townhouse is close to landmarks like the famous Cushman Row and the picturesque Episcopal Seminary gardens which are situated directly across from the building. This is truly one of Manhattan’s rarest finds.