The Broadway veterans Phyllis Newman and Adolph Green raised their family there and dazzled a long list of showbiz friends.
A Beresford Duplex for Broadway Royalty
A duplex at the landmark Beresford tower on the Upper West Side that served as both home and creative space for the Broadway veterans Phyllis Newman and Adolph Green is coming to market for the first time in more than half a century.
The asking price is $24 million, with $9,253.65 in monthly maintenance, according to the listing broker, Cathy Taub of Sotheby’s International Realty.
Ms. Newman, an actress, singer and women’s health advocate, died in September at age 86; her husband, Mr. Green, a playwright and lyricist, died in 2002 at 87.
The terrace of a Beresford duplex that was owned by the Broadway legends Phyllis Newman and Adolph Green. It has been listed for $24 million.Credit…Denis Vlasov
It was at the apartment, on the 19th and 20th floors of 211 Central Park West, where Ms. Newman prepared for her many hit performances, and Mr. Green collaborated on the songs that won him and his partner, Betty Comden, rave reviews. The couple also hosted lots of parties there. Lauren Bacall and Glenn Close (a neighbor) were among their guests, as were Groucho Marx and Milton Berle, and the musical luminaries Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne and Isaac Stern (their next-door neighbor).
“It was a magical space for the time we were there,” their daughter, Amanda Green, a Broadway songwriter and performer, said of the childhood home she shared with her brother, Adam Green, a theater critic. “Now it’s time to let someone else have it.”
Buyers will find little changed at the grand co-op apartment since the couple moved there in the early 1960s. The rambling prewar layout and stately architecture remain intact, and the rooms are still adorned with photographs and personal memorabilia from a bygone era in entertainment.
“It’s a theatrical museum,” said Ms. Green, who is the executor of Ms. Newman’s estate.
Both she and her brother met a host of celebrities, many now long gone, at the apartment and were often treated to front-row seats at their own private concerts. “The piano was always played,” Mr. Green said, recalling, too, how he and his sister as youngsters would sometimes perch beneath it during parties and quietly observe guests.
“It’s a great apartment for entertaining,” Mr. Green added. “People can be indoors and out.”
The unit, No. 19E, has about 3,300 square feet of interior space, with five bedrooms and four full baths. There is also a 600-square-foot terrace with panoramic views of Central Park and the Midtown skyline, which Mr. Green described as “the best seat in New York City to watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.”
The home’s main entrance, on the 19th floor, is through a central gallery with ornate wainscoting. It leads to the living room and library, both of which have double doors that open to the terrace.
The living room, measuring 18 by 29 feet, is lined with built-in shelves and anchored by a wood-burning fireplace with its original mantel of carved wood and marble surround. The grand piano sits at one corner, and throughout the room are photographs of the couple, their family, and their many famous friends and acquaintances, including a young Ms. Newman and Eleanor Roosevelt.
The library/den, painted crimson red, has a full bath and features an Art Deco-style walnut bar, along with shelves holding a vast collection of vinyl records and CDs, mostly classical works, show tunes and operas. A Hirschfeld caricature of Ms. Newman (she appeared in six of them) hangs on a wall. Also on display are some of the couples’ professional accolades. Ms. Newman won two Tony Awards, including one in 1962 for her performance in “Subways Are for Sleeping,” a musical co-written by Mr. Green. He shared in seven Tony Awards with Ms. Comden, including best score in “Will Rogers Follies,” for which they also took home a Grammy.
The formal dining room, also off the gallery, is decked out in vintage wallpaper and has a large potbelly English stove, as well as another Hirschfeld drawing of Ms. Newman. Nearby is a windowed kitchen with original St. Charles metal cabinets, an adjoining butler’s pantry and a small breakfast nook currently being used as a staff office.
“There’s tremendous flexibility here,” Ms. Taub, the broker, said of the layout.
A curved staircase with a brass and iron banister in the gallery connects to the top floor, where there is a spacious landing with more book shelves, along with three large bedrooms, two with a separate en-suite bath, two smaller bedrooms and another full bath. There’s also a laundry room, and a hallway closet that was converted into a tiny kitchenette with a microwave and fridge.
The master suite — Ms. Newman’s favorite room, according to her children — overlooks the park and contains a seating area, two walk-in closets, a dressing room and a tiled bathroom with tub and shower. One of Mr. Green’s go-to spots, they said, was the bedroom next door, which he had used as an office.
The larger bedrooms are decorated with Broadway posters, including “The Madwoman of Central Park West,” a one-woman musical starring Ms. Newman in 1979.
The stately Beresford, crowned with three towers, is one of the most exclusive co-op buildings along Central Park West. The massive structure, which also overlooks the American Museum of Natural History, was designed in a Renaissance Revival style by the famed architect Emery Roth and completed around 1929.
Over the years, it has been home to a long list of notable residents, many in showbiz, among them, Beverly Sills, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, John McEnroe, Helen Gurley Brown, and Jerry Seinfeld, who now lives with his family in what was once Isaac Stern’s apartment.