Husband-and-Wife Architects List Armand Hammer’s Former Greenwich Village Home
For the first time in 22 years, this duo of historic carriage houses is on the market. However, things aren’t exactly how they appear. Looking like two separate entities from the sidewalk, 183 and 185 West 4th Street are actually joined as one sophisticated Greenwich Village home. The sellers, husband-and-wife architects Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons, are the principals of Fairfax & Sammons and just listed their abode for $7.5 million.
Where to start with this listing? Dating back to 1897, the homes were bought in 1962 by industrialist Armand Hammer, a name that may ring a bell due to his now-disgraced great-grandson actor, Armie Hammer. Under his ownership, the houses were combined.
Decades later in 2000, Fairfax and Sammons purchased the property directly from the late businessman’s estate, according to their firm’s website. It couldn’t have fallen into better hands and the couple got to work, meticulously restoring the dwelling. When it came to dressing it, decorator Marina Killery and Fairfax worked together to fill the interiors. Traditional elegance floats through each space, with antique details and classic furnishings balancing bold color choices and playful patterns. It has just two bedrooms and a garden by landscape architect Charles Stick, creating a picturesque urban hideaway.
“My husband and I are great Anglophiles, and this house we dubbed ‘Mayfair in Manhattan’ as it felt like a mews house in London, only with more light! This was a family house for us when our son was growing up, and it worked beautifully for us,” Fairfax shares. “The house is surprisingly sound-proof and once you cross the threshold, the hubbub of the city disappears, and you are in a different world.”
To buy a dashing downtown Manhattan residence like this is a rare opportunity. Especially since Fairfax & Sammons’ clients include names like Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Liv Tyler, and Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie Chantal of Greece.
Debbie Korb of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the one-of-a-kind listing.