BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
After a long search for a buyer, the historic Steinway Mansion in Astoria has been sold for $2.6 million. It was purchased by a pair of investors local to Astoria, under the name Steinway Mansion LLC.
Friends of Steinway Mansion, a program of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, announced the sale Monday on Twitter.
According to Bob Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the vision of Friends of Steinway Mansion “was to draw together both private and public sources of various interest groups, to purchase the mansion and make it into a multi-purpose facility.”
“Of course, we are very disappointed that someone else bought the mansion,” he said. “However, we do stand ready to work with them on making the mansion accessible to the community. We remain hopeful for the future of the mansion and the Friends of Steinway Mansion have every plan to continue.”
The mansion, located on 18-33 41st Street, was built in the mid-1800s, and purchased by the Steinway family in 1870. The family held on to the mansion until 1926. It was put on the market in 2010 and the initial asking price was $5 million.
The mansion is landmarked at the City, State and federal level, meaning that alterations to the outside structure cannot be completed without permission from the government.
“Everyone can be quite secure in knowing that the mansion will always be there as the Steinway Mansion,” said Lauren Cornea, an agent of Amorelli Realty, who brokered the sale.
Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) said he has been in touch with the buyers, and noted that he plans for them to work with a coalition of elected officials, including Borough President Melinda Katz and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), to ensure that the mansion remains a link between the Astoria community and its history.
“I’m looking forward to seeing a positive resolution here,” Constantinides said. “[The buyers are] open to working with us. They share our vision.”
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.