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New York Enclaves

August 15, 2010

152 East 38th Street  — who would’ve known that this beautiful Federal Revival house would be tucked away between Lexington and Third Avenue amid a quiet stretch of brownstones. The house dates to the 1840’s (according to the New York Landmarks Preservation plaque, installed in 1989) and was originally a gatehouse to an estate belonging to a member of President Van Buren’s family. The house was sold to the publisher Cass Canfield (president of Harper & Row)  in 1929 who remodeled the house. A NYTimes article (which reads rather like a complicated family tree) provides an extensive overview of the history of the home’s ownership and reveals that there is a roof garden on top of the brick house in the back, which brings visitors right under the treetops in a quiet oasis. How beautiful!

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