NYC’s James F.D. Lanier House Makes a Rare Appearance on the Market for $33M

A grand, historic Manhattan mansion has arrived on the market for the first time in over 40 years, last changing hands in 1984. The James F.D. Lanier House, a massive single-family home in Manhattan’s Murray Hill, stands a stalwart landmark of New York City’s Gilded Age. Still imposing and regal today, the home was constructed in 1903 for its namesake, a banker, sportsman, equestrian, and pioneering automobilist. Shared with Lanier’s wife Harriet, the James F.D. Lanier House served as a premier destination for the city’s most selective social set and now wants $33 million.

Anyone who caught the first season of The Gilded Age or is well-studied in NYC’s cultural history of that era will be familiar with the name Ward McAllister. Mrs. Astor’s trusted social arbiter kept a list of Four Hundred, a headcount congruent with the capacity of Astor’s ballroom. Harriet Lanier needed not to strive like Carrie Coon’s character Bertha Russell does on the show–in fact, she and her husband ranked at 137 and 138 on McAllister’s tally.

As such, the Laniers required digs that could allow for extensive entertaining, tapping architectural Hoppin & Koen to create their 33-foot-wide, Beaux-Arts structure. The brick-and-limestone mansion spans 11,638 square feet across six levels, holding nine bedrooms in total.

Opulent period details have been carefully preserved, such as the double doors of solid tiger oak that open into an arched reception hall crowned by rose medallion ceilings. Some modern perks the Laniers would likely have delighted in showing off include a 1,000-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar, new HVAC and security systems, plus smart-home automation to aid entertainers of today and the future.

Edward F. Joseph and Seth Watsky of Christie’s International Real Estate hold the listing.