For decades, Paul Gigot has cast a long shadow over American conservatism, first as a columnist and now as editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal. Soon, his shadow will loom over Central Park, as well, as the opinion journalist has just bought a two-bedroom co-op near the top of 4 East 95th Street.
It might just be the perfect home, too, for someone who has taken a stodgy old section and given it some modern pizazz without sacrificing the original details, as it were. “The apartment was gut-renovated in 2007 and beautifully designed by well-known architect-interior designer Galo Verdesoto creating a modern sensibility while retaining prewar detail,” Christine Miller Martin writes in her Warburg listing.
Mr. Gigot paid $2.3 million for the Classic 6 on the 9th floor, according to city records, down just a bit from the $2.495 million asking price when the home first came on the market in September. Not a bad deal for Jon Vaughan Merrick Pratt and his wife Amanda Arnold Pratt, who bought the spread in 2006 for $1.93 million, according to StreetEasy.
The op-ed editor is leaving behind a non-descript Yorkville rental at 353 East 83rd Street, according to the deed, and he will be joining another journalist at his new building. Jesse Kornbluth, proprietor of HeadButler.com, a “cultural concierge” site (looks like a snooty blog to us), and the former editorial director at AOL. His home is just next door to Mr. Gigot, and considering Mr. Kornbluth’s occassional work for the HuffingtonPost, hopefully the two can be good neighbors.
While it does not have direct views of the Park, Mr. Gigot’s prewar windows look out on the Carhart and Fabbri mansions across the street. Exposed beams and an original fireplace adds to that 1920s feel, but the wall between the living and dining rooms has been peeled back to create a more open, modern layout. The two bathrooms and the kitchen are progressive as they come, with fancy finishes and not a swath of enamel.
The old staff’s quarters have been converted into a home office–the perfect place for Mr. Gigot to edit the latest Laffer curve concoction or Peggy Noonan gimlet.