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Steinway Mansion bought by investors

Working with official, new owners plan to keep home open to community

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:41 am, Thu May 15, 2014.

The famous Steinway Mansion in Astoria, which has been on the market since 2010, was finally purchased by two investors for $2.6 million on Friday.

Philip Loria of Loria and Associates in Astoria confirmed that he and a partner bought the former summer home of the famous piano-making family.

“We’ve been working with [Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria)] on what to do with the house,” Loria said.

Both Loria and his business partner grew up in Astoria and, according to Constantinides, understand the importance of the Steinway Mansion.

“These are local neighborhood guys who know the house and know that it’s part of the community,” the Councilman said.

What remains a concern for The Friends of Steinway Mansion is whether the house will remain preserved and become open to the public as a museum.

The community group had hoped to raise $5 million to purchase the property and restore it on their own.

The group, lead by the Greater Astoria Historical Society Director Bob Singleton, remained passionate over the years.

“A lot of people don’t realize that the Astoria Historical Society originally started at the mansion some 30 years ago,” Singleton recalled. “The old letterhead even had the mansion on it. We have a deep connection with Steinway and Sons and the house has become a part of the neighborhood’s DNA.”

After word broke of the sale, The Friends of Steinway Mansion took to Twitter.

“We hope it will be preserved and available to the community,” the post read.

Though the group did not end up purchasing the house, Singleton said he is hopeful that Steinway Mansion will become a museum.

Loria said the Friends of Steinway Mansion need not worry about the future of the mansion.

“We have no plans to tear it down and make it into a nightclub,” he said. “We are looking to create a way that it will be open to the public. We want to create a win-win for everyone.”

It could not be confirmed if Loria planned to work with The Friends of Steinway Mansion but he was clear that he did not want to close the house off to the community.

“We’re ready to go forward here and listen to what the new person has to say,” Singleton said. “We’re very much interested in pursuing the original plan we had. We’re looking forward to having a conversation with the new owners.”

Constantinides was also optimistic that the Steinway mansion will remain part of the community.

“It’s still very early on but I feel confident that this is moving in the right direction,” he said. “We want to see something people can come to and celebrate the historical nature of the house and to show how awesome a place Astoria is.”

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • Turqsea posted at 2:34 pm on Sun, May 11, 2014.

    Turqsea Posts: 16

    Yes.it should be preserved and turned into a museum. Perhaps a place for small events if there is room for parking? Do not destroy it!