Yesterday reports emerged that the Steinway Mansion officially sold. Today the Times Ledger reports that the final selling price was $2,600,000. (The asking price was $1,900,000 last summer.) The landmarked home, built in 1858 and purchased in 1870 by William Steinway, sold to a private buyer, who remains unknown. The Friends of Steinway Mansion organization had attempted to raise $5,000,000 to buy the property, restore it and turn it into a museum.
The seller is part of the family who has lived in the Steinway Mansion since 1927. As he told the Ledger, “It’s been a very difficult time for me and my family, but yes, there is a buyer. We wanted to sell it to the city for the longest time, but we just had to move on.” UPDATE: The Daily News reported that the owners “pledged to preserve the landmarked house but may eye part of its sprawling grounds for development.” The mansion sits on a one-acre lot.
Friends of Steinway Mansion reported on Twitter today that the historic mansion has officially sold, with details forthcoming. Earlier this year, reports surfaced that the home was under contract with a private buyer, but details were murky. Now it looks like the sale pulled through. The Friends of Steinway Mansion notes that, “We hope [it will be] preserved & available for the community. Will post more info as we get it.” The group was trying to raise $5,000,000 to purchase the landmarked Astoria house and preserve it as a museum. The property, built in 1858, comes on a one acre parcel of land and the Friends of Steinway Mansion didn’t want the parcel divided up.
The home’s been on the market since 2010 and was asking $1,900,000 last summer. The ask, though, has been as high as $4,900,000. Now the question remains: how much did it sell for?
All Steinway Mansion coverage [Q’Stoner]
On Friday Curbed published an awesome, detailed history of the Steinway Mansion. The story follows the initial purchase of the 440 acres by the optician Benjamin Pike, Jr., and his father, Benjamin Pike, Sr., who constructed the 27-room Italianate villa. The Steinway family purchased the home from the Pikes for $127,000 in 1870, brought the family business to Astoria, and the rest is history. Read about the past and the uncertain present (it may or may not be in contract) of the Steinway Mansion right over here…
Parsing The Steinway Mansion’s Rich Past & Uncertain Future [Curbed]
Steinway Mansion coverage [Q’Stoner]
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Queens Buzz reports that the Steinway Mansion is now under contract with a private buyer, although many details about the possible sale remain unclear. The home was on the market since 2010, asking $1,900,000 this past summer. In the past, the listing price has been as high as $4,900,000. The Friends of Steinway Mansion worked hard to raise $5,000,000 to purchase the landmarked Astoria house and preserve it as a museum. The mansion, built in 1858, comes on a one acre parcel of land (it originally sat on 440 acres!) and the Friends of Steinway Mansion didn’t want the parcel divided any further. A rep from the Greater Astoria Historical Society tells us that an official statement from the neighborhood preservationists will likely be issued soon.
There aren’t any details about the buyer in question, and although Queens Buzz states that the home is under contract the article also notes this: “It’s not that Queens and NYC government officials haven’t had a chance to save it [they still do as the contract hasn’t yet been signed].” It is unclear how close the mansion is to actually selling. Queens Buzz is encouraging residents to call the Borough President’s office and continue to push for preservation as a historic site.
The Friends of Steinway Mansion are hosting a music festival to help raise funds to purchase the landmarked Astoria home. The mansion, built in 1858 for the Steinway family, has been on the market for years. Local activists hope to purchase the home and turn it into a cultural attraction and education venue for the Greater Astoria Historical Society and the Artisans Guild of America. According to the Daily News, they need $1,900,000. The proceeds from the eight-event music festival, starting this Saturday, will go toward that purchase. The performances are all scheduled for venues near the mansion — check out all the details here. UPDATE: According to the Friends of Steinway Mansion, they are aiming to raise a total of $5,000,000.
Astoria Group Sets Music Fest in Bid to Raise $2M to Buy Historic Steinway Mansion [NY Daily News]
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DNAinfo reports that a group of local neighbors have formed the Friends of the Steinway Mansion, who plan to work together to find a buyer for the landmarked house (18-33 41st St – GMAP), with hopes that it will become a museum or a cultural center. The 27-room Italianate style house was the home of the Steinway family back in the 19th century until about 1925, and it was declared a New York City landmark in 1967. It’s been for sale for years, priced at dropped to $2.995 million last year. As we can personally attest, too, it’s amazing inside and out.
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Legendary Steinway & Sons pianos are made right in Astoria, and the factory played a huge part in the development of the neighborhood starting in 1870. The history of this company town is just one of the many fascinating topics we learned about on the highly recommended Steinway factory tour.
Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 in Manhattan by Henry Steinway (originally Heinrich Steinweg), a cabinet maker from Germany who had built his first piano in the kitchen of his home.