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Location: Piermont, N.Y.
The Skinny: Among the most lauded American architects of the turn of the 20th century, the firm of McKim, Mead & White is known as much for its monumental Beaux-Arts stone buildings and houses as for the dramatic 1906 murder of partner Stanford White. White sketched the plans for this stone manor house for Dr. Eleazar Lord, the first president of the Erie Railroad. Today, not much of the stonework is visible behind a thick coat of ivy, but the interior still reflects the grandeur of White's work, with a two-story arched window lighting the stairwell, a dumbwaiter, a walk-in safe, and even a walk-in ice box. The exterior is a different—decidedly less glamorous—story. The landscaping has devoured the guest house and is threatening to turn the swimming pool into a bog. Most owners asking for $9.5M would spend a little to clean up the joint. We're guessing this one is "motivated."
· 1 Castle Road [Sotheby's]