Photo by myself on the Upper East Side, at 84th Street and Park Avenue.
Some of the townhouses in this area are just to die for. Limestone facades, cast iron balcony railings and beautiful details make these townhouses precious to the eye.
The buildings on Park and Fifth Avenue are similarly detailed, though for apartment buildings at a much larger scale.
This weekend, Mark and I went to our fourth wedding of the summer. We are all wedding'ed out!
The reception was held in a gorgeous townhouse on the Upper East Side, called the Harold Pratt House, partially shown in the photo above with the arched windows. Originally a private residence built in the beginning of the 20th Century, the building is now the headquarters for the Council for Foreign Relations.
It's hard to believe that a family once lived in the townhouse, which has a paneled library, curving staircase and polished stone floors. It was donated by Mrs. Harold Irving Pratt to the Council of Foreign Relations after a period of disrepair.
The location was a perfect choice for an elegant reception. With the rooms filled with guests in fancy attire, it was easy to imagine the building in its heyday. Mark and I drank much too much and spent the entire day Sunday nursing our hangovers.
To see photos of the interior and read more about the history of the building, click here.
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