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Now And Then: UWS Brownstone, Circa 1888, Hits Market For $8.75 Million

Perfectly Preserved Home Has Had Just 2 Owners In The Past 125 Years
The library inside a 125-year-old brownstone on the Upper West Side. The building's asking price is $8.75 million. (Photo: Handout)

The library inside a 125-year-old brownstone on the Upper West Side. The building’s asking price is $8.75 million. (Photo: Handout)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A timeless piece of New York history is on sale. It’s hosted movies and television shows and is home to a pair of successful actors.

As CBS 2′s Dave Carlin reported Friday night, not a lot has changed in 125 years.

In 1888, 126 West 87th St., was brand new.

Fast forward to now and the glorious landmark is startlingly the same as it ever was.

“All throughout the house is the original glass,” Kristin Griffith told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin, during a guided tour, describing in detail the dominant theme of black walnut and oak throughout the home.

Griffith took over the brownstone from original owners, the Walsh family, with what was essentially a handshake deal. Now, for the first time, it is on the market.

Griffith also showed CBS 2 the dining room and large kitchen with wainscoting and a pressed tin ceiling.

In the bedroom she shares with her husband, famed actor, playwright and magician Peter Maloney, the highlights include original fireplace tile and in the bathroom his and hers sinks from way back when.

“[His are] blue and you’ve got big manly fixtures … mine is pink. And for my delicate hands I have the smaller fixtures,” Griffith said.

There are also two terraces and skylights that were added before the current strict renovation rules.

Antiques are everywhere in the home. A rare contemporary item is a poster for Woody Allen’s “Interiors,” a film that starred Griffith alongside Diane Keaton and Maureen Stapleton.

The goal is to find the perfect buyer, someone who appreciates the history and artistry of this 125-year-old landmark, said listing agent Deborah Sabec, senior VP of Town Residential. The Big Apple history comes with a price tag of $8.75 million.

“The fact that this has retained it’s original layout and original grandeur is really amazing,” Sabec said.

As Carlin wrapped up his tour, Griffith admitted leaving the glorious home will be difficult.

“We’re going smaller and I think we are going to Brooklyn. It will be nice to pass it along to someone who loves it,” Griffith said.

Someone who loves it enough not to change it.

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