Spike Lee's UES Mansion Up For Sale for $32M

By Gustavo Solis on November 13, 2013 5:44pm 

 Spike Lee at 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks in Fort Greene.
Spike Lee at 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks in Fort Greene.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — For $32 million, you can live in a Spike Lee joint.

The film producer and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, have put their Upper East Side townhouse — also known as the Hatch House — up for sale, the New York Post reported.

In 2009, the 8,838-square-foot mansion was listed as a rental for $7,000 a month.

This is the second time this year that real estate associated with the filmmaker has been up for sale.

In June, a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone that was featured in his 1994 film “Crooklyn” was sold for $1.7 million.

The couple reportedly bought the two-bedroom, two-bath home at 153 East 63rd St. from artist Jasper Johns for $16.6 million in 1998. But the mansion's history goes back much further.

Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt reportedly bought the property back in 1916 when all that stood there was a pair of horse stables. She purchased it for $85,000 as a wedding gift to her daughter, Barbara C. Rutherford who married Cyril Hatch.

Designed by Fredrick J. Sterner, the house’s Spanish Revival style and private central courtyard made it stand out.

Shortly after the Hatch's divorce, the house was reportedly sold to Charles B. Dillingham, a Broadway producer and agent who also owned the Globe Theatre, in 1921.

The mansion’s next famous owner was Lanier Lawrance, an aeronautical engineer who worked with the Wright brothers and created the engine that carried Amelia Earhart’s historic solo flights.

Gypsy Rose Lee, a well-known stripper, reportedly owned the Hatch House from the 1940s to the '70s.  Sometime after her death, the artist Johns became the owner.

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