The landmarked Gilsey House at 1200 Broadway was once one of several fashionable Broadway hotels to open after the Civil War, and many of these historic details remain, complemented by the kind of 21st-century updates we expect to find in this once-again fashionable neighborhood. The 1871 Second Empire cast-iron building has become a NYC fixture, known for its three-story mansard roof, and it’s right above this iconic roof that this $3.2 million penthouse is perched. In addition to the landscaped roof deck, complete with a water tower and Empire State Building views, the three-bedroom pad has a sprawling loft layout, two skylights, and a mini solarium.
Accessed by keyed elevator, the corner apartment features a sprawling living room highlighted by exposed brick, a skylight, and Empire State Building views. The home’s minimalist, loft-like bones are warmed by plenty of sunlight and pre-war construction.
A top-of-the-line European kitchen is illuminated with a second skylight. A walk-in pantry and a storage area are complemented by additional storage above in a windowed tower, so the open, airy space can be clutter-free.
A corner master bedroom joins a sitting/dressing room lit by a skylight. An en-suite spa-like bathroom features a soaking tub and steam shower.
The second bedroom has a beamed ceiling, wood windows, and another spacious bathroom across the hall with a washer/dryer/folding area.
A lofted third bedroom opens into a brilliant gem of a solarium leading to the home’s the private landscaped roof deck.
The former 300-room hotel was the height of luxury in its day, with rooms lined with rosewood and walnut, bronze chandeliers and marble mantles. It was the first hotel in New York to offer telephones to guests, and was favored by celebrities including Diamond Jim Brady, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Clemens. The hotel closed in 1911 and was reborn as co-operative apartments toward the end of the 20th century.
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Images courtesy of Engel & Volkers
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