Historic UES townhouse owned by famed graphic designer Elaine Lustig Cohen hits the market

The late artist lived in the townhouse -- complete with rare book store -- for over 50 years
January 13, 2017 09:45AM

The Upper East Side townhouse belonging to the estate of famed graphic artist Elaine Lustig Cohen hit the market asking $10.9 million.

Built in 1870s, the townhouse at 160 East 70th Street spans 7,590 square feet, the Wall Street Journal reported. The home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms across five stories, and features a south-facing garden, terrace and two balconies, according to the listing.

Cohen moved into the house in 1962, and used the top floor as a studio, and altered the windows so she could lower canvasses out the window, according to the paper. From the 1970s, Cohen and her second husband, writer Arthur A. Cohen, ran a rare-book store called Ex Libris on the garden floor of the townhouse.

Ms. Cohen, who died in October, is best known for her book cover and jacket designs, museum catalogs and buildings signage.

Brown Harris Stevens’ David Kornmeier has the listing with Jasna Perucic. Kornmeier told the Journal the property has not been renovated in decades, so requires “a lot of updating.”

Cohen’s furnishings are still on display in the home, according to the paper, as a “tribute to the owner,” Kornmeier said.

Last year, 112 townhouses priced over $4 million went under contract, compared to 130 in 2015, according to Olshan Realty TRData LogoTINY. The average ask was $10.4 million, down from $10.9 million. [WSJ]Miriam Hall