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Photo Courtesy of Gary Vollo
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The iconic Steinway Mansion is in contract to be sold to a private buyer.

The mansion that sits on top of a hill at 18-33 41st St. in Astoria might soon be bought.

The Steinway Mansion, which was built in the 1850s, has reportedly been on the market for about two years and recently a private buyer is said to be in contract to purchase the landmarked home.

“We are aware that the Steinway Mansion is under contract to be sold,” said the Board of Directors of the Greater Astoria Historical Society in a statement. “We do not have any information to share at this time.”

The Astoria home was built by Benjamin Pike and was later sold to the Steinway family as a summer home around 1870, with the Steinway & Sons piano factory built decades later only a few blocks away. In the 1920s, the home was sold to the Halberian family and has stayed in the family ever since. It was later selected as a New York City Landmark in 1967.

Last year, the coalition The Friends of Steinway Mansion was formed to raise the millions of dollars needed to purchase the house, restore it and convert it into a public facility. The 27 rooms in the mansion could become a museum space or a teaching and learning center for small concerts and workshops.

 

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