History-rich, U.N.-adjacent property sold

August 12, 2009 06:10PM

The Permanent Observer Mission of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference successfully concluded its purchase of two townhouses today at 320-322 East 51st Street between First and Second avenues. The buyer bought the space “for use as a mission to the United Nations,” according to a press release the organization sent out today. The buildings are located about three blocks from the main United Nations center. The building’s interior covers 3,636 square feet and the townhouses, which the buyer plans to combine, sold for $7 million. The townhomes have a rich history in New York City. Olga Drexel Dahlgren, granddaughter to Lucy Wharton and daughter to Lucy Wharton Drexel, both indispensable figures in societal lore, lived in the residences. So did J. Hyde Crawford, a noted American fashion illustrator and art collector, and famed architect William Conklin. TRD


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