This month in real estate history

A look back on how Charles Schwab assembled his UWS mansion

Charles Schwab's mansion, "Riverside"
Charles Schwab's mansion, "Riverside"

From the January issue: Steel magnate Charles Schwab bought the first parcels that ultimately made up an entire city block between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue on the Upper West Side 112 years ago this month. There, he constructed what is considered the grandest mansion ever built in Manhattan.

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It was a contrarian move for Schwab, then head of United States Steel, to select the Upper West Side as the location to build his 75-room dream home. [more]