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Historic Lawrence Park Home In Bronxville Hits Market For $2.7 Million

The home 28 Park Ave. in Bronxville, once owned by celebrated artists, authors and an embezzler, came on the market for $2.7 million. It is being offered by Houlihan & O'Malley.
The home 28 Park Ave. in Bronxville, once owned by celebrated artists, authors and an embezzler, came on the market for $2.7 million. It is being offered by Houlihan & O'Malley. Photo Credit:

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- An historic Lawrence Park hilltop home in Bronxville has come on the market for $2.7 million, according to Joe Houlihan, the listing broker and managing partner of Houlihan & O'Malley.

The home at 28 Park Ave. was inhabited by celebrated artists, authors, and even a notorious embezzler and was built in 1897. Click here for the listing on the Houlihan & O'Malley website.

"There is so much history behind this property, you wonder what you would hear if the walls could talk,” Houlihan said. “The amenities and details of this magnificent property are as striking as the former residents, ranging from artists to CEOs to criminals.The home is said to have inspired creativity for many on a number of levels, from its beautiful wooded surroundings to its spectacular views and location.”

Upon entering the nearly 7,000 square-foot turn-of-the-century masterpiece, visitors will find themselves in a grand entry foyer, which opens into the formal living and dining rooms.

The home's centerpiece, an immense family room, boasts a massive fieldstone fireplace, and was the homes original artist's studio. The home’s 14 rooms are spread throughout the four-stories, including six bedrooms, five baths, and a gymnasium/half basketball court in the cavernous basement.

In 1902, the property gained notoriety when celebrated painter Milne Ramsey’s tenant, Henry B. McDowell, who was President of U.S. Trust Company, was charged with embezzlement while living at the residence. Ramsey returned to Philadelphia in 1907, and the home was rented to well-known illustrator and painter Frederick Richardson, who was the  “artist on staff” at the Chicago Daily News for 15 years. Leading financial journalist Edwin Lefevre, who had published multiple novels about Wall Street, purchased it four years later.

Bronxville's Lawrence Park was founded as an art colony at the turn of the 20th century, and the historic home now on the market was designed along the park’s famed yellow brick road by noted New York City architect William Bates.

Bates went on to design more than 50 private residences, a half dozen community house groups, and several large apartment houses in Bronxville.

Painter Milne Ramsey, famous for his opulent and luxurious still lives, landscapes, and nautical scenes, was also said to have been a major influence in the design of the structure, which he would call home for over a decade.

For more about this listing, contact Joe Houlihan at (914) 337-7888 or visit the Houlihan website .

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