On the corner of Riverside Drive and West 106th Street, the home known as River Mansion reigns; “enjoying views of both River and Drive,” in the words of the AIA Guide to New York City. Described as “an opulent Beaux Arts brick and limestone mansarded mansion,” 337 Riverside Drive was built in 1902, and has been the home of famous performers, manufacturing titans, and most recently, Shaft actress Sherry Bronfman.
Sherry was married to billionaire heir to the Seagrams fortune Edgar M. Bronfman Jr. from 1979 to 1991. Edgar purchased the home in 1978, and the couple raised three children right there on Riverside. (Fans of HBO’s The Vow may recognize the Bronfman last name; Edgar’s half-sister, Clare Bronfman, pled guilty to charges related to her involvement with Albany-based cult NXIVM in 2019.)
But now, it’s time for the next chapter in the building’s storied life. As reported in the NY Post, River Mansion will soon be back on the market. The planned listing price is $24 million – a far cry from the $60,000 actress Julia Marlowe purchased the home for in 1901. But with that price comes 10,000 square feet, five stories, a library, roof deck, and more amazing amenities. A New York City landmark, the home is one of the Upper West Side’s “Seven Beauties;” homes built in the Beaux-Arts style, characterized by Roman and Greek architectural forms, grand entrances, and classical details.
Before bidding River Mansion adieu, Sherry Bronfman will use it to host the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, a fundraising event supporting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, at which 22 designers and architects will showcase “fine furnishings, art, and technology.” From May 11 to June 6, the Show House will be open to the public with tickets costing $40 each. For those not prepared to pony up $24 million, this may be a rare chance to see the building’s interior before it’s once again inhabited by its next iconic owners.