Tour Spike Lee's Historic NYC Townhouse, Which Just Got a Price Chop

The director has been trying to sell his Upper East Side mansion since November. It's now available for $28.5 million, down from $32 million.

Photo by: Zillow Spike Lee bought the five-bedroom Upper East Side mansion from artist Jasper Johns in 1998.

Anti-gentrification crusader Spike Lee has been trying to sell his Upper East Side townhouse since November, for the ambitious price of $32 million. Apparently he hasn't netted any buyers, though, because as of this week he switched brokers and slashed the price to $28.5 million.

The townhouse offers five bedrooms, five baths and at least 7,000 square feet. It has two wings and a pretty courtyard, plus a gym and staff quarters in the basement. While the listing offers few details about the layout and amenities, it dwells (rightly so) on the amazing pedigree of the historic home's owners. The mansion was built back in 1917 for Barbara Hatch (hence the building's official name, the Barbara Rutherford Hatch House), bequeathed to her as a wedding gift from her mother, Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt — granddaughter of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. Subsequent owners include Broadway producer Charles Dillingham, Wright brothers collaborator Charles Lanier Lawrance, Gypsy Rose Lee and Jasper Johns, who sold it to Spike Lee in 1998.

If you haven't seen photos of the house, check out our gallery below.

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