240 Centre Street, formerly the New York City Police Headquarters, is somewhat known for its splashy pads with amazing details and high price tags–like this $40M penthouse in the building’s clocktower dome–that are better at getting attention than finding buyers; this remarkable duplex in the Nolita landmark is no exception. Late New York Five architect Charles Gwathmey designed this reborn 6,600 square foot home that includes what was once the police gymnasium. The stunning co-op has been on and off the market since 2008, at one point asking $31M (h/t Curbed); the four-bedroom apartment just reappeared on the market $18.5 million.
The landmarked building, completed in 1909 and designed by the firm Hoppin & Koen was headquarters for the New York City Police Department from 1909-1973; it was converted into luxury residences in 1988 and remains one of downtown Manhattan’s most iconic addresses.
This two-story residence within the Beaux-Arts-style building’s former gymnasium got its four-year-long top-to-toe modern makeover by the noted late starchitect Charles Gwathmey, the only apartment he ever designed completely. Located on the building’s fifth and sixth floors, the space begins with a grand entry foyer with onyx powder room that opens into an impressive great room with multiple sitting and dining areas below 25-foot barrel-vaulted ceilings lit by three skylights and spanned by exposed steel tresses.
The apartment’s kitchen is set up for suitably grand-scale entertaining with Viking wall ovens, a Viking cooktop, two Traulsen refrigerators, double Miele dishwashers, multiple sinks, an 80+ bottle wine cellar within the adjacent laundry–and a separate staff entrance.
A dramatic private terrace is tucked into the architectural detailing of the building, offering skyline views of Soho.
The first floor master bedroom occupies the entire eastern wing that also includes a private office, custom outfitted dressing room and walk-in closets plus dual onyx bathrooms and a private sauna.
Visible above the bedroom suite–accessible by two staircases–is a library with an oak-plank-framed radial glass floor. This open study floats above the master suite and overlooks the home’s great room. Also upstairs are three additional bedrooms and two full baths.
The landmarked building offers residents an impressively-detailed marble lobby, a 24-hour concierge and doorman, a live-in resident manager, a fully equipped fitness center and a common English Garden with a fountain.
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Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman.