This prewar apartment is Anthony Rapp’s place

Written by By Caterina Pontoriero, CNN London Contributors Keith Pomeroy, the expert behind The Property Business, recently headed to Boston to interview owner David von Kirk, who had put the Dupont Street prewar apartment…

This prewar apartment is Anthony Rapp's place

Written by By Caterina Pontoriero, CNN London Contributors Keith Pomeroy, the expert behind The Property Business, recently headed to Boston to interview owner David von Kirk, who had put the Dupont Street prewar apartment on the market in late June.

This article is part of a series in collaboration with CNN. Learn more about The Property Business: property.com

Over four decades ago, actor Anthony Rapp purchased the East Village prewar apartment where he once had a recurring role on the television show “M.A.S.H.”

Architecturally, the apartment, now called Von Kirk House on the National Register of Historic Places, was one of the first prefabricated houses built in the US in the 1930s. It’s currently owned by John Paul and David von Kirk , the grandchildren of the benefactor — who lives abroad — to the practice.

Dr. Clem Fafard, an internationally renowned surgeon and author who was his grandfather’s friend, donated $125,000 to fund the construction of the prefabricated house in 1931. The plan was to save the lumber from the prefab homes used by the U.S. Department of the Navy during World War II, which resulted in the inside of the duplex building now being conserved, with the exterior remaining unaltered.

See what the apartment was like in January when the building was featured in Time’s Up: Hollywood’s Fight for Inclusion.

The duplex was never redecorated and furnished, it was just a place where the actor could often stay. “I think most of us haven’t lived in these classic prewar buildings since college,” says David von Kirk. “I saw it as an opportunity to put a legacy in the hands of the community.”

The apartment where Anthony Rapp used to live has gone on the market. Credit: Irena von Kirk/courtesy Bell Jules/courtesy i n archerina pestohno

The house, originally built by socialite Margo Simpson in 1913, is currently on the market for $8.5 million, and the asking price includes the courtyard unit next door that is rented out for $13,500 a month. The duplex is currently being refinished, including a custom paint job and a new floor, to take it to the next level. The new owners can also spend an additional $250,000 on amenities like a special drying rack, fireplace and sound system in the small bathroom.

Although it is said that this unique prewar apartment hasn’t been on the market since 1978, it was actually briefly on the market in 2004 for $7.25 million, according to real estate expert Keith Pomeroy. Despite some skepticism from the local community, he says it’s very rare that the nearly 4,000-square-foot home would be listed again.

The duplex house is on the market for $8.5 million. Credit: von kirk house

“One reason is that the apartment — full of high ceilings, exposed oak beams, custom stained glass windows and beautiful wood paneling — is close to downtown, so it has comparable views and amenities to other Brooklyn houses,” says Pomeroy.

But it’s also “the kind of private property that ensures privacy. It’s a rarity to have a house that comes with a casita outside, beachfront property and high-end amenities like a saltwater swimming pool — that was also recently renovated.”

(Although, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.)

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