The current owners are Meera Gandhi and her ex-husband, Vikram Gandhi, who bought the home in 1999. Meera is the founder and CEO of the Giving Back Foundation, which has a goal of creating a new generation of leaders from communities around the globe.
The former first lady lived in the home with friends Edna and David Gurewitsch from 1959 until her death from cardiac failure complicated by tuberculosis in 1962. Roosevelt was 78.
The home is on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, between Madison and Park avenues and near Central Park. A rooftop garden offers amazing views of the park.
Architects Albert Buchman and Gustav Deisler built the five-story home in 1898. Buchman and Deisler collaborated on several homes and projects during their partnership, which began in 1887.
This home is one of eight townhouses in a row they designed and was certified by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. More than 37,000 buildings throughout the city carry the designation, which aims to safeguard the buildings that represent New York City history.
The home’s limestone exterior is unique with its two-story bowed facade, a gated metal entry, and twin iron grille doors. The interior features curved windows, which take advantage of the additional space the bowed facade provides, allowing natural light to pour in the front living rooms and the master bedroom.
The floor of the entryway is marble, and the staircase features marble newel posts. The home has been updated in a modern but classic style.
The home has 12 rooms total and features a kitchen with a large center island. The kitchen opens to a media room and leads to the garden out back. Several marble fireplaces are located throughout the house.
The master suite has the natural light from the front of the house as well as a view of the backyard garden from the master bath.
Other bedrooms are on the fourth and fifth floors.
During the time Roosevelt lived in the home, the former first lady was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as the first chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.
A letter from Roosevelt’s attorney confirming the recording of the deed and other memorabilia remain in the home.