A Vogue-approved townhouse has passed from a handbag mogul to a long-haired psych rock legend. Pink Floyd front-man Roger Waters (whose iconic song “Money” from Dark Side of the Moon assailed wealth and new cars and caviar) bought the nine-fireplace townhouse at 157 East 61st Street late last month.
According to city records, he paid $14.995 million to Coach president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff. That’s nearly a half million more than Mr. Waters got for three apartments he sold last year at the glossy Olympic Tower.
But this deal has been an incredibly long time coming. City records show his contract was signed in June 2006: Back then, The Observer reported on the deal without knowing that the Floyd singer (and songwriter, and bassist) was the buyer.
So Mr. Waters, bless his psychedelic soul, will have himself a townhouse built by “an army of French craftsmen,” according to the listing with Brown Harris Stevens brokers Paula Del Nunzio and Shirley A. Mueller. The French hardware is “done in nickel and silver” (except in the glass bathrooms, or the Macasar Ebony powder room.) Even the light toggle switches are nickel.
But don’t forget the 26-foot wall of glass over the planted garden, the double-height living room, the five-floor elevator, or the nine Louis XVI-period fireplaces.
Floyd’s more rebellious fans, the ones who cry when listening to The Wall, might be sorry to hear that Mr. Waters also has Louis XVI parquet floors and lots of Louis XVI stone—in the kitchen, the master bedroom, and on the rear terrace. (Maybe that’s why Vogue and House & Garden has photographed the house.)
Symbols of late-60’s rebellion really live very well in the mid-00’s.
Meanwhile, Mr. Rogers has Mr. Krakoff to thank for the townhouse–because the place was “gut renovated and entirely rebuilt” by the Coach mogul. But Mr. Krakoff has more work ahead: In November, his newly-purchased $17 million townhouse on East 70th Street was gutted in a massive fire.