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Fame Slept Here

(Photo: Courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens)

The Facts: Five-story single-family townhouse.
Asking Price: $32.5 million.
Agent: Paula Del Nunzio, Brown Harris Stevens.

There are no Tiffany windows or lamps in this 1869 limestone off Fifth Avenue, but the real thing once resided here. Mary Tiffany, daughter of Art Nouveau artist and stained-glass master Louis Comfort Tiffany, lived here sometime early in the last century, when she was married to Graham Lusk, a physiologist billed as the “founder of the science of nutrition in America.” According to Helen S. J. Lee’s The Medical Millennium, Lusk made his name with his studies on metabolism and diabetes, and pretty nearly invented the diet-book industry. In its post-Tiffany years, the townhouse stayed connected to the arts, serving as headquarters to the Balin-Traube Gallery. Its co-proprietor was the actress Ina Balin, who starred opposite everyone from Orson Welles to John Wayne to Elvis Presley, and today remains particularly famous among Times-crossword solvers (“Actress Balin,” three letters).


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