The Apthorp, an inimitable residential property on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is offering a full-floor apartment that is everyone’s dream home. Built in 1908 by William Astor, this impeccable full floor, sixteen-room residence is the largest renovated home ever offered at the landmarked Apthorp, one New York City’s most iconic buildings. Built between 1906 and 1908 and officially opened in 1908, the building was originally designed for William Astor by architects Clinton & Russell, and was officially landmarked in 1969.
Elias Associates (one of New York Spaces’ top 50 design firms of 2016) executed the renovation of this stunning residence with the highest level of millwork and finishes, to complement the grand scale of The Apthorp’s instantly recognizable architecture. Amenities in this seven-bedroom, eight-bath (along with a powder room) include high ceilings, smart technology, oversized windows and floors made of American Oak inlaid with mahogany, a library, a parlor, and a marble and stone mosaic floor in the foyer, among others.
William Waldorf Astor, the man behind the space, was born in New York City. He was the only child of financier and philanthropist John Jacob Astor III, and is a member of the renowned Astor family. He worked for a short time in law practice and in the management of his father’s estate of financial and real estate holdings. He was an attorney, politician, businessman, and newspaper publisher. The original Waldorf Hotel, the predecessor to the modern day Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue, was built on the site of William Waldorf Astor’s Mansion and was named in his honor by his son. It was located at Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street.
The Apthorp is one of the memorable buildings created by the Astor family, whose fortune in real estate was established in the mid-19th century by John Jacob Astor, a fur trader. By 1890 half of the estate was in the hands of William. Although he left for England in 1891, William Waldorf was an active builder in New York, with such projects as the eight-story, 92-apartment Graham Court on the east side of Seventh Avenue between 116th and 117th Streets, designed in 1899.