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January 5, 2017

The Tiffany Family's Urban Fortress

Throwing it back to the lost Tiffany house on 72nd and Madison. Stanford White worked closely with Louis Comfort Tiffany to design this imposing fortress for the Tiffany family. It was actually four separate dwellings, which were allocated to different family members. When completed in 1885, the massive castle had 57 rooms, multiple turrets, a large portcullis and a sobering effect. The building caused controversy: some felt it was a fabulous modernization of a medieval castle while others felt it somber, looming, and inappropriate for a domestic residence.  When Louis Comfort Tiffany died in 1933, many of the furnishings and decorative elements were moved to the Tiffany Mansion at Oyster Bay.  Several-years later eager developers razed the castle. Today the block is home to a high-end Rosario Candela designed cooperative.