It is not every day you come across the chance to purchase a mansion listed on the National Register of Historic places. This particular one was, as the name implies, ordered by Frank Winfield Woolworth. He was the founder of F.W Woolworth, nowadays known as Foot Locker.
He engaged Charles Pierpont Henry Gilbert, the famed architect of mansions in the French Gothic style who had just completed a prime example at Fifth Avenue and East 79th Street known today as the Ukrainian Institute, to design one for him at 80th and Fifth Avenue.
The palatial estate has a history dating back to 1916, and mogul built it for his daughter, Helena McCann. It is surrounded by its two “sister” buildings, also built by Woolworth for his other daughters.
It has 1600 square meters divided between seven floors, and a dining room with a capacity to seat at least 50 people. It has bedrooms to facilitate least 12 people. Most of the rooms have gyms and bathrooms to them. Notable inhabitants of the Woolworth mansion were the Reynolds family of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Reynolds Aluminum and a writer/photographer named Monica Randall.
Originally it was listed for rent at a vein bursting 150.000 dollars a month but apparently they failed to get any takers. It said to be among the five most expensive real estates on the market with the somewhat dramatic price tag of 90 million dollars.