It was to be no ordinary residence. The owner, from one of New York’s first families, envisioned an Old World oasis on the East River.?Selecting a legendary landmark building in the posh Beekman area, she and her late husband, both former United States ambassadors, then proceeded to create a home that would reflect the classic elegance and stately dignity associated with public life. Highlighting the ravishing ensemble is an exquisite double drawing room adorned with bay windows along the river and a lovely 18th-century fireplace, which is repeated in a square dining room graced with European boiserie whose floral motifs seem to echo the mellifluous manicured courtyard gardens outside. Equally glorious is the spacious master suite, featuring a woodburning fireplace. The beautiful country kitchen and a charming guest suite and adjacent guest wing lend further dignity to the prized Manhattan haven.