The architect Armand Phillip Bartos, who died in 2005, is perhaps most famous for having designed The Shrine of the Book, a futuristic wing of Jerusalem’s Israel Museum that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and from a distance vaguely resembles an enormous nipple. But we suspect it was sweat from another man’s brow that allowed him to purchase a 17th-floor co-op at 778 Park Avenue—a building designed by the incomparable Rosario Candela. Having divorced his first wife, Mr. Bartos married Celeste Gottesman, heiress to the fortune her father Samuel Gottesman amassed by way of pulp paper and high finance. It was Mr. Gottesman, too, who supplied funding for the construction of The Shrine of the Book.
The most recent benefactors of his success, however, are Adam Bartos and Jonathan Altman—Armand’s son and stepson. The pair have just sold the unit for $18 million on behalf of the Estate of Celeste Bartos, according to city records. (Ms. Bartos, an active philanthropist and patron of the arts, died last January.)
From the wood-paneled library to the carefully trimmed trees on the terraces—that’s six whole terraces!—Mr. Wilf has got it all at 778 Park. The Mustachioed Mock Minnesotan’s new place is certainly nicer than any skybox at the new stadium he is trying to build. Apparently averse to the backwoods of the Midwest, Mr. Wilf will instead spend his time lounging around this Candela masterpiece. The good news? It’s the perfect place to host the Viking’s Christmas party!
Just as The Observer was writing up the news of Zygi Wilf’s brand spanking new $19 million condo, the Minnesota Vikings owner was sending emissaries down to the capitol in St. Paul to request millions in taxpayer dollars to help fund a new stadium for the abominable team. His timing was as bad as late-career Brett Favre.
Mr. Wilf has become quite possibly one of the most hated men in the land of 10,000 lakes, an impressive feat in a place where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average. From ice-fishing outposts on Lake Minnetonka to the holiday crowds at the Mall of America, fingers are wagging in Mr. Wilf’s direction.
Although the Vikings may be the consummate heartbreak team, their owner, Zygi Wilf seem to be doing just fine for himself. The real estate developer and his wife, Audrey, have just purchased a New York apartment, paying no less than $19 million for the place.
While it may not have a book written about it, 778 Park Avenue is just as grand at its sister down the block. John Hess, James Robinson and William Lauder all call Rosario Candela’s red-brick wonder home, and of course Brooke Astor and the Buckleys used to. (Vera Wang was here, too, before trading up Read More
For decades, Brooke Astor’s duplex at 778 Park was the pinnacle of New York City living. This had much to do with the society queen and her courtiers, who hosted lavish parties there, but also with the 16-room home, boasting six terraces and a renowned red-lacquered library. That was before the wallpaper began to peel Read More
While some high-end buildings–15 CPW, Superior Ink–have been doing boffo, recession be damned, others have languished.
Consider two long-awaited mega deals at 778 Park Avenue, where the discounts turned out to be more spectacular than the apartments. The Buckley maisonnette, originally listed for $24.5 million, went for $8.75 million. Likewise, Brooke Astor’s apartment, listed Read More
It’s difficult to imagine Brooke Astor rifling through the discount bin in white satin gloves. What then would the refined socialite and philanthropist think now that her Park Avenue prize just sold for half-off?
Astor cherished the 15th-floor duplex in one of the city’s most coveted co-ops–but then who wouldn’t love six terraces and Read More
While everyone was eagle-eyed on the upstairs Astor listing and downstairs Buckley maisonette, David S. Winter was busy taking a shine to the fifth-floor apartment which city records report he purchased for $26 million, with wife Elizabeth, making it the third highest price ever paid in the handsome Candela-designed co-op.
The apartment does not appear Read More
“Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive,” saged conservative society scribe William F. Buckley Jr once said. True as that may be, something about the allure and glamour of Mr. Buckley’s former residence at 778 Park Avenue inspired idealistic expectations from real estate brokers and Mr. Buckley’s Obama-voting son, Christopher, Read More