“Meet Walker Tower, the Newest Pre-war Building in Town”
New York Observer (11/14)
CORE’s newest development is Walker Tower, and news of the building was broken on the CORE Blog. The Observer followed that up with a look at the Chelsea building’s pre-war credentials. The weekly writes, “So if you’re looking for a new pad and want the pre-war facade without the pre-war maintenance fees, this might be a good place to start.” At right is an undated archival photo of Walker Tower.
“Chelsea’s Sleeping Giant Remade as Luxury Condos With 14-Foot Ceilings”
Curbed also jumped on the Walker Tower news early, cementing the building’s status as a spring blockbuster-to-be. Here’s a taste: “One of the more remarkable features is its lofty ceiling heights—since each floor is nearly 15′ tall, the whole building looms over its neighbors, affording gobsmacking panoramic views to the south, west and north.”
“$849,000 for an 1830s 1BR With a Very Cozy Footprint”
For its “Six Digit Club” feature, highlighting the best listings priced under $1 million, Curbed took a look at Ivana Tagliamonte’s co-op listing at 47-49 King Street, which is a landmarked 1830s Federal-style brick rowhouse. Wrote Curbed, “OMG, cute.” We concur.
What’s New is a weekly look at one of CORE’s most striking new listings.
Ask anyone what New York City neighborhood they think of when they hear the word “loft” and you’ll almost always hear “SoHo” as the response. It’s the romance of high ceilings, wide-open living spaces and buildings with incredible history that drives people to crave the SoHo loft lifestyle, and this Thompson Street listing delivers on those cravings. The dining area, living room and kitchen all flow together to create a vast space that evokes the drama of the old-school bohemian loft, but with updated and luxurious appliances and fixtures (and don’t forget about those sleek Poliform built-ins). The best touch of all? The preserved wooden columns and beams that simply cannot be replicated, giving the loft a sense of history and authenticity. Check out another great photo of the space below.
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
First Open-house 12-3PM, Sunday June 14th.