Call it fate, serendipity or just sheer good luck – that time and pride of ownership has created one of the most unique and beautiful homes on the Isle of Manhattan.
The home and studio of our 2014 Designer to Watch, Alexandra Mor is a bright, open space that supported her creations and family, is now ready to inspire another resident. The chic and modern space welcomes you into a harmonious oasis of coziness and wide open space, that cradles, nurtures and allows creative energies to flourish as evidenced by the high caliber of Ms. Mor’s fine jewelry.
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Hariri and Hariri ‘Starchitects’
History summary / Plaque – Built in 1885 by the eminent New York architect C.P.H. Gilbert of Fifth Avenue mansion fame, the exterior of this Queen Anne townhouse stands proud on its scenic block seemingly untouched since the 19th Century. But one foot inside this charming home, and the world is suddenly transformed into an elegantly balanced space of light and perfect proportions created by the famous and profoundly aesthetic “starchitects” Hariri and Hariri.
About this Family-Friendly, Stylishly Modern Home
‘The Mor Residence’ – 138 Manhattan Avenue
This poetic collaboration of two important architectural forces makes for an extraordinary synthesis of exterior and interior counterpoint – bridging the old and new into perfect spatial relations. Highlights of this buildings provenance from the 1800’s onward:
1885 – 1910: Paris Fletcher, an electrician, was the first owner at 138 Manhattan Avenue
1910- 1972: The family of Charles Gruppe the landscape painter moved into 138 Manhattan Avenue
1972- 2004: The McDonald Family
2004: The Mor family
Dramatic Manhattan Home with Studio
This five story, four bedroom plus artist’s studio, three and one-half bath home is filled with abundant light from skylights and dramatic, double-height floor-to-ceiling windows.
An expansive chef’s kitchen complete with designer cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances and a modern dumbwaiter is situated on the garden level where both cooks and diners can enjoy leafy views. The dining room is dramatic with double-height ceilings, and the living room is graced with a working fireplace as well as a glass wall which seamlessly frames views of the garden. The third and fourth floors comprise spacious and well
proportioned bedrooms and super luxurious limestone baths. The master bedroom enjoys a working fireplace and skylight.
The fifth floor is presently an artist studio complete with skylight, terrace and a view
of Central Park. This collaboration of two important architectural forces makes for an
extraordinary synthesis of exterior and interior counterpoint –bridging the old and new into perfect spatial relations creating a warm, modern, and happy home.