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Celebrating 12 New York Townhouses

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Skipping down to New York is easy by train from Newport and squeezing in a stroll through the side streets of the Upper East Side is always a priority. So, just when I thought we had searched out the most compelling townhouses on the UES, you turn a corner…or venture a little further down a block…and voila! another good choice for a blog.

As an architecture buff, I find the offerings inspirational to the point of being exhilarating — whether limestone, brick, stucco, stone block or brownstone — these private homes and institutions represent a significant history of good design. Put another way — delicious eye candy! My one-liner comments below capture my spontaneous response when chancing upon each of these handsome examples.

Warm and appealing tones for what would normally be a much deeper shade of “brownstone.”

An intriguing juxtaposition of stone work and style between the first and second stories.

A Grand (with a capital G) entrance.

How elegant with its slightly curved limestone facade.

The perfect pairing…the wide door and frame scaled handsomely to the elegantly simple window with grill detail.

A red door and charcoal gray balustrade adding a bit  of verve to an otherwise traditional stone townhouse.

Me thinks we are in London…

A most handsome townhome, obviously enjoyed given the seating on the iron balcony.

Aaaah, the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Comforting and inviting.

Distinctive window detailing!

Happy end-of-February…


All photos credit, Michelle Pugliese for Private Newport

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

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