163 East 78th Street
163 East 78th Street | New York, NY 10075
HIGH, WIDE AND HANDSOME
This house has it all: 36 feet in width, gated garden entry, a massive rear garden and six windows across the front facade. It has been an exemplary residence since its conception, created by a family of entrepreneurs.
BORN ELINOR STEINER
The daughter of Sadie and Samuel Steiner, the largest hop distributors in the United States at the turn of the last century, Elinor Gimbel was a politically active leader in women's rights during and after World War II. A graduate of the Calhoun School, she founded a powerful women's committee to support FDR's third term and the Committee for the Care of Children in Wartime which drew attention to the lack of government support for working mothers during wartime.
THE GIMBEL LEGACY
Bavarian-born Adam Gimbel immigrated to the United States in 1835, eventually settling in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he purchased a 4-story elevatored building on Wisconsin Avenue for his dry goods department store, the largest in the city with nearly 75 employees. Later he expanded to Philadelphia and formed The Gimbel Brothers Company. Adam and his wife, Fridolyn, would go on to have 11 children with 7 working in the family business, most notably Louis, Sr. whose son Louis, Jr., would go on to marry Elinor and make 163 East 78th Street their home for many years.
BUILT IN 1861, COMBINED IN 1911
Following the 1861 opening of East 78th Street, painter John Turner brought his vision to architecture and engaged builder Henry Armstrong to construct 11 rowhouses in the brick Italianate style, only five of which remain today. Fifty years after they were built, numbers 163 and 165 were combined into the 36-foot-wide townhouse which stands today. Combining two 18-foot-wide townhouses with three window bays each created a magnificent faade of six window bays, bringing light into every facet of this townhouse. 157 East 78th Street would later be owned by S. Stinor Gimbel, one of Elinor and Louis, Jr.' ... more on SOTHEBYSHOMES.COM/RPLU21918086980