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Duke Semans Mansion

Duke Semans Mansion
5th Avenue, New York

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Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
The legendary Beaux Arts style Duke Semans mansion in New York is located across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was recently sold for $44 million, trading hands between two members of the Forbes 400 list of richest people.
Designed by Alexander M. Welch, the house was built in 1901 in a Beaux-Arts style with French Renaissance interior, decorated mainly with Louis XV furniture. The house is eight stories high, 20,000 square feet and measures 100 feet wide, and 27 feet deep. The mansion also has a private staircase on the top floor that leads to a rooftop balcony where you can see all of Manhattan. The builders were so ingenious that they even put closets in the same spot in the home on every single level so that when elevators were developed contractors could remove the closets, build elevator shafts, and install the elevators. Benjamin's brother James Buchanan Duke (1856–1925) also built a townhouse on Fifth Avenue, the James B. Duke House, which was designated a New York City Landmark in 1970, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
The Benjamin N. Duke House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
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Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
The classic beaux arts style mansion was acquired by Carlos Slim, who is ranked the richest man in the world after building a telecommunications empire in Mexico. The seller is the legendary New York real estate mogul Tamir Sapir, who started as a cab driver and ended up on the Forbes list himself from Russian oil and real estate investments.
3 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Tamir Sapir (Russian: Тимур Сапир, birth name Temur Sepiashvili, Georgian: თემურ სეფიაშვილი); *1948/49, Tbilisi) is an American immigrant from the former Soviet republic of Georgia who made millions bartering fertilizer and oil with the Soviets in the 1980s; he took most of his money and put it into New York real-estate. Tamir is in The 400 Richest Americans list of September 2008, number 246, with net worth of 1.9 billion dollars. In March 2010, he ranked 721st on the Forbes Magazine list of billionaires, with a net worth 1.4 billion dollars.
3 years ago.