It’s Free to Look: 252 Seventh Avenue

We've heard the Metropolitan Museum of Art has some nice stuff in it. But, of course, we wouldn't know. There's no point in going to a museum when you can live in one.

This $22.45 million loft in the Chelsea Mercantile building embodies—how to put this lightly—an obsession with all things BC, and a few AD. Twin Doric columns guard the two drawing rooms, setting the tone for Parthenon-esque friezes and dozens (and dozens) of Classical-style sculptures. But don't worry about experiencing Hellenic overload: The Gothic kitchen and its Renaissance-style arch will cleanse your palate.

It's pretty remarkable that, according to the CORE listing, the décor is the "culmination of a half-century-long dream," especially when you consider how long it took the British Museum to accomplish the same thing. But even if the specimens were rather hastily accumulated, there's absolutely no shortage of them. The central picture gallery, for instance, is "resplendent with art, as is the entire apartment." Just in case you were wondering. — William Alden

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We’ve heard the Metropolitan Museum of Art has some nice stuff in it. But, of course, we wouldn’t know. There’s no point in going to a museum when you can live in one.

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