Les Wexner House: Jeffrey Epstein’s New York Mansion

“When asked how long Mr. Wexner had occupied the property, Jeffrey Epstein, his protege and one of his financial advisers, replied, “Les never spent more than two months there.” Christopher Mason

Les Wexner House: The Columbus-based businessman, Les Wexner, who started Victoria’s Secret, embarked in the 1990s on an interior makeover of the former schoolhouse.

The re-vamp of the home, which had been vacant for years, was featured in the December 1995 edition of Architectural Digest.

Les Wexner house

Source: Architectural Digest

Les Wexner house

Ummm there is a Picasso in the top photo in the Les Wexner house.

A real one. That’s some serious money. Who knew that clothing retail was so lucrative?!

A New York Times reporter, Christopher Mason, also wrote about the house around the time Epstein first took up residence.

Here’s some of what we wrote: “WHAT is the latest status symbol of the ultra rich? A spectacular residence they purchase for millions, reconfigure with the world’s leading architects and interior designers for even more millions, then elect not to live in.

Such is the fate of one of Manhattan’s largest town houses, a majestic stone mansion at 9 East 71st Street. Possessing some 21,000 square feet, the house was recently the uninhabited domain of Leslie H. Wexner, the founding chairman of the Limited Inc., the retailing company.

He bought the property in 1989 for $13.2 million and lavished tens of millions on renovations, art and furnishings.

When asked how long Mr. Wexner had occupied the property, Jeffrey Epstein, his protege and one of his financial advisers, replied, “Les never spent more than two months there.”

Those curious to see the princely accommodations Mr. Wexner abandoned housemneed look no further than the cover of last month’s Architectural Digest.

Visitors described a bathroom reminiscent of James Bond movies: hidden beneath a stairway, lined with lead to provide shelter from attack and supplied with closed-circuit television screens and a telephone, both concealed in a cabinet beneath the sink.

(The Les Wexner house) also has a heated sidewalk.

The seven-story house was built by the society architect Horace Trumbauer in 1933 for Herbert N. Straus, an heir to the Macy’s fortune, who died before it was completed. (Mr. Trumbauer also built Clarendon Court in Newport, R.I., the former home of Sunny and Claus von Bulow.) The Straus house later became a convalescent home and the Birch Wathen School, making Mr. Wexner the first private resident — or at least, the first private nonresident.”

Reached in Florida last week, Epstein confirmed the house was his home.”

The question remains – why was the Les Wexner House given to Jeffrey Epstein?

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