Noted Broadway showman selling massive UWS mansion

It was the deal of a lifetime. Broadway producer and director Bill DeSeta worked with Jackie Chan and ran the city’s

It was the deal of a lifetime. Broadway producer and director Bill DeSeta worked with Jackie Chan and ran the city’s oldest rock club, the Bitter End, but his biggest gamble was buying a rundown single-room-occupancy hotel on the Upper West Side.

He and his wife Donna, a casting director and the sister of Bernadette Peters, bought the building for $170,000 — and have now listed it for $20 million.

The couple bought the decrepit limestone-and-brick structure, with its own garage, at 323 W. 80th St. in 1970. At the time, it was a burned-out former SRO divided into 20 rooms with single cots and no kitchens or toilets. But the facade of the 1897 townhouse, built by Clarence True, was stunning.

DeSeta was working as a theater set designer at the time, and hired some out-of-work actors and set decorators to help him renovate.

As The Post reported, he spent the next two years, and $200,000, transforming the building into their home practically from scratch. The six-story landmarked mansion comes with a private garage, a roof garden and custom features constructed by Bill, including the master suite’s bed and built-in wall unit. The manse also features eye-catching arched doorways, intricate herringbone floors, a fireplace with a stone mantel (salvaged from a garbage pile), and a grand stairway built by a set designer.

Bill wanted to buy stained glass windows from a nearby church, but it was too pricey. So Donna took a course at the local Y and made her own, while Bill turned leftover parquet floors into an oak dining table. Their home is now configured as a 3,000-square-foot owners’ duplex. There were eight tenants spread out over the other four floors, but the approximately 10,000-square-foot townhouse will be delivered vacant.

The listing brokers are Scott Hustis and Mark Jovanovic of Compass.

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