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Old haunt of US spies now a playground for Turkish elite

Mansion that once housed the US Consulate in Istanbul is the latest outpost of private club empire Soho House

Inside, a layered approach to interior design creates a "Downtown Abbey"-meets-"Mad Men" effect, mixing late 19th century with mid-century modern furniture. There are vintage club chairs and old chesterfield sofas and many new pieces manufactured in Turkey and made to look antique.


FOR more than a century, the grand Italianate mansion that serves as an anchor of this city's European quarter was a beehive of American diplomacy and espionage.

Spies toiled within and met their agents at the bar across the street. Reporters dropped by for after-work...

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