16 Desbrosses Street in Tribeca has quite the artistic pedigree. The former textile warehouse, today a modern-day artists’ cooperative, is where Lena Dunham‘s parents (painter Carroll Dunham and photographer Laurie Simmons), lived until recently and where the actress shot her breakthrough film “Tiny Furniture.” It’s also been home to architect Peter Moore, writer Zoë Heller and her boyfriend, “Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire” screenwriter Lawrence Konner, painter Matthew Ritchie, Seven Stories publisher Dan Simons, and sculptor Harry Rosenzweig, who has just listed his somewhat wacky loft for an impressive $4,970,000.
Rosenzweig is best know for his “warriors,” the larger-than-life, cartoon-like sculptures of men lined up in the 3,000-square-foot loft where he’s lived and worked for the past 13 years. If this wasn’t artsy enough for you, he also has a porch swing that faces the wall of windows, a sauna, and, though not mentioned in the listing, the factory’s original restrooms, complete with urinals in the men’s room.
A freight elevator opens directly onto the apartment, and there’s another entrance via a private townhouse-style walk-up. There’s definitely plenty of seating in the main loft space. If you’re not up for the swing, the Eames chairs look pretty comfortable.
The open kitchen is fairly nondescript, and the eating areas are separated from the living areas by a curtained studio and the wall of warriors.
The loft is currently configured with two bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a den/office (pictured above). It comes with two private storage spaces and a shared roof terrace. Plus, for an additional $885,000, the new owner can also have the 614-sqaure-foot commercial loading dock/garage, which is accessed by the rear stairs.
Here are a few photos taken by Tribeca Citizen in 2012 when Rosenzweig featured the loft on the Inside Tribeca Loft Tour:
- Lena Dunham’s Parents Sell Their Tribeca Loft for $6.25 Million
- Get a Head Start on the Creative Possibilities in This $2.5M Funky Tribeca Live/Work Loft
- Studio Visits: Artist Nancy Pantirer Shows Us Around Her Imaginative Tribeca Loft
Listing photos via Brown Harris Stevens; Additional photos via Tribeca Citizen
Neighborhoods : Tribeca