When people think of historic cast-iron architecture in New York, SoHo is the neighborhood that immediately springs to mind. But the cast-iron style — prominent in the Industrial Revolution when iron was a cheap building material and modern steel was not yet available — pops up elsewhere around town. Above is a great example: 67 East 11th Street on the border of Greenwich Village and the East Village near Union Square. The landmarked building, built in 1869 and turned into a residential co-op in the late 1970s, even has the nickname the Cast-Iron Building, which must anger more than a few SoHo-ites. Landmarks aren’t typically associated with starter homes, but CORE’s Christopher Massey has the listing for a lovely studio apartment in the building featuring exposed brick walls and unobstructed south-facing views — a perfect introduction to this cast-iron classic.
The building located at 345 Grand Street is believed to have been built around 1900. It is a SOHO-Style Cast Iron that somehow was transplanted to Lower East Side. Before the building was converted to a Condominium in 2002, it had a quite an interesting history.
During the 1910’s the second floor was a dance hall. The ticket pictured below was found under the floorboards on the 2nd floor, which has 13′ ceilings and used to have a wide staircase down to the ground floor, also 13′ high. That stair is still there in the space that is for sale or rent as retail or gallery — but it is covered over now by the 2nd floor’s new flooring.
In the early 1900’s it became a distribution outlet for for H W Perlman Pianos. 1950’s it was a warehouse for Sun Ray Yarn. As demonstrated in the photo below, Sun Ray Yarn used to be housed in the building next door to 345 Grand Street. You can see that 347 the original home of Sun Ray Yarn was next door, while H W Perlman Pianos took up most of 345. It was a warehouse and sales showroom, probably not a factory. The lady’s long dress and the lack of wire suggest the date was around 1910, right around the time the “Grand Hall” Ballroom Dance was held.
Allen and Alice Freidman, the owners of the building put the building on the market in 1999. Phillip Frazer and 5 other partners bought it as a Co-op. They kept the commercial spaces downstairs where there was one tenant Grand Sterling Silver, operated by Grand Sterling Co Inc, now on 14th Ave Brooklyn.
AFTER the group brought together bought the building, in 1999, they chose an architect and builder and filed plans for a total rehab — new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, elevator, intercom and alarms. A new roof enabled higher ceilings for the 5th floor and an entirely new apartment to be built on top — this 6th floor penthouse was designed and built by the present owner and seller Phillip Frazer.
For property details, visit: http://www.corenyc.com/en/listings-345-grand-street,18,163788.html
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