How we love New York’s cast-iron buildings…there’s something to be said for the craftsmanship and history that comes with these turn-of-the-century gems. With New York boasting the world’s largest collection of cast-iron architecture, it’s hard to imagine a time when many of the most significant of these buildings faced a date with the wrecking-ball. Fortunately, early preservationists advocated for their protection, and this hard work paved the way for the 1973 designation of the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District and, subsequently, individual landmarks and historic districts, like the Ladies’ Mile, NoHo, and the Tribeca South, West, and East Historic Districts.
These efforts mean we get to appreciate the simple beauty of places like 47 Walker Street, where the interior of this 1,350-square-foot loft is just as elegant as the building’s historic facade. With soaring 12-foot ceilings; huge, original four-by-ten-foot arched leaded windows; and a grand, open living space, this true Tribeca loft is respectful of its cast-iron-era roots.
The wide-open floor plan makes the most of every inch of square footage, and the seamless flow from space to space is well suited for both large- and small-scale entertaining. The living room features a wall of white-washed exposed brick and is inundated with light from the oversized windows, which are lovely in their own right and offer a wonderful view of the neighboring buildings’ classic architecture.
The adjacent kitchen/dining area is as pretty as it is practical. So even though some of the city’s best restaurants are merely steps away, the Viking range, Miele dishwasher, and Sub-Zero fridge will make whipping up culinary delights just as much fun as going out – well, most of the time.
Custom steel and glass partitions offset the master bedroom from the rest of the home in unique and dramatic fashion, and the master bath includes a luxurious soaking tub, nickel plated fixtures, and radiant heat flooring for optimal comfort.
A second bathroom, enormous walk-in closet (the current owners use it as a small bedroom), and large study provide plenty of additional space, making this lovely home an option for singles, couples, and small families alike.
Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman
Neighborhoods : Tribeca