Manhattan’s Historic Adele Kneeland Mansion Full of Enchanting Rooms Lists for $15M

Historically known as one of the most affluent neighborhoods in New York City, the Upper East Side is brimming with stories. On East 71st Street, one such structure called the Adele Kneeland Mansion has plenty to share. Named after the heiress who purchased it in 1915, the 11,140-square-foot Manhattan townhouse is up for grabs asking $14.95 million.

Built in 1874 as one of seven row houses, Kneeland hired architect John B. Stook to remodel and expand the home. Doing away with its traditional brownstone front, Stook gave it a facelift of brick while also adding two floors and reconfiguring the layout. After Kneeland’s death in 1937, her heirs divided the townhome into separate apartments while continuing to maintain its historical room layouts.

In 1982, renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Stephen Kelly bought it and tailored it to his uses and taste. The doctor converted the bottom two floors into his medical offices while bringing in architect Jay Spectre and designer Geoffrey Bradfield to make the top three levels his own personal triplex. Now listed by the Estate Sale of Dr. Kelly, his longtime Art-Deco hideaway is a sight to behold.

Throughout, pristine moldings and original marble fireplaces hold true to the home’s history. The most amazing feature, however, is the double-height solarium on the top floor and the 1,250-square-foot rooftop terrace. What a way to embrace the city.

The six-story listing, offering six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, is ripe with opportunity and can become whatever the new buyer’s heart desires. The bottom floors could operate as offices, a recording studio, or a gallery. Alternatively, they could be absorbed for residential use. Whatever the future of the mansion holds, sale proceeds will benefit a charity for medical scholarship.

Fred Williams and Laura Gruber of Sotheby’s International Realty has the special listing.