Ms. Ellen Biddle Shipman, a prominent garden designer during the 1920s, once owned the fully restored six-bedroom townhouse. She redesigned it in 1926 and lived there until 1946. Robert T, Vanderbilt, J.S. Rockefeller, E.I. Du Pont, Mrs. M.T. Mellon, Kermit Roosevelt and Vincent Astor were all clients of the talented designer. Shipman used plants and landscaping as ornate design elements throughout the dwelling, the greenery thriving due to sunshine reaching the home on three sides (east, south, and west).
“The home has been restored with a rare, expert precision, which is instantly apparent from the main entry where a high wrought-iron and copper-topped fence surrounds the reappointed façade,” said Paula Del Nunzio, senior VP and managing director of Brown Harris Stevens.