Rare and historic Dumbo triplex once owned by artist Caro Heller hits the market for $2M
If you’ve visited Brooklyn Bridge Park then it’s likely you’ve seen 8 Old Fulton Street, the historic brick cooperative–with the red door–directly facing the park. In the 1860s, this building was constructed for the Brooklyn City Railroad Company. Today the landmark holds just 10 co-ops, meaning it’s rare to see apartments up for grabs. But this one-bedroom triplex has hit the market for $1.975 million, decked out with columns, exposed brick and twelve-foot ceilings. The previous owner was the artist Caro Heller, who passed away in 2014. According to public records, her children–an adventure writer and gallery owner–have listed the property for sale.
The listing calls this apartment a “magical oasis” and it’s hard to argue with that. The great room is lined with seven nine-foot windows facing both north and west, with unobstructed views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Fulton Ferry Landing at Pier 1. Light streams into the apartment from sunrise to sunset.
The 12-foot, 8-inch beamed ceilings on the main level, plus three walls of exposed brick, make this feel like a raw loft. There’s tons of room on this single floor to design distinct living, dining and entertaining spaces.
A staircase leads to the open mezzanine bedroom, which also had a closet and storage alcove.
Caro Heller was an accomplished sculptor whose work focused on love, death, and voodoo. She displayed her work in SoHo in the 1980s, and kept a studio in Brooklyn Heights “filled with skeletons, taxidermy and voodoo altars,” according to the Brooklyn Eagle.
A spiral staircase from the main level leads to a windowed rec room.
So many incredible details of the historic building have been left intact. Of course, there’s enough space to accommodate a major renovation. But the bones of this apartment are so impressive, those details will hopefully be maintained for another 150 years.
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