This full-floor penthouse is located within the former attic of one of New York’s early skyscrapers, the Liberty Tower. Built at 55 Liberty Street in 1909 by Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb, the Gothic Revival-style office building was the tallest in the world when completed. It was home to FDR’s law offices and, later, to German spies plotting to prevent American from joining WWI. Architect Joseph Pell Lombardi converted the tower to co-ops in 1979, with the attic unit retaining vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and 29 windows offering views across the city. It’s now listed for $2.695 million.
A foyer gallery open up into the expansive living area (spanning 33 feet!), a separate dining room, and corner kitchen. The stunning interior details include exposed beams, mechanical pipes, and all those sloped and vaulted ceilings–some of which soar past 13 feet. The penthouse apartment has been well integrated within the existing attic bones.
Even the corner kitchen is located under vaulted ceilings, with cabinetry that mimics the design of an Art Deco skyscraper.
The home spans 3,000 square feet on the main level and an additional 600 square feet on the mezzanine. There are four bedrooms and four bathrooms on the main level. The mezzanine holds two private offices and extra storage.
The apartment’s 29 windows offer 360-degree views in all directions of the city, from the waterfront to Wall Street. Even better? You get views of intricate sculptures of eagles, lions, and gargoyles that decorate the top of the skyscraper.
55 Liberty, once the tallest building in New York, is now a condo with all the frills, including 24-hour door attendants, porters and a live-in super. The exterior’s looking pretty spiffy, too: according to the listing, the recent renovation of its elaborate terra cotta facade was the recipient of the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
Photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens
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