A 187-year-old carriage house at 29 Downing Street on a quintessential West Village block has appeared in print for so many reasons it’s hard to name them all–starting with the six-degrees-of-“Hamilton” fact that it was built in 1829 on land owned by third U.S. vice president Aaron Burr. 6sqft featured the historic home owned by artists John Bennett and Karen Lee Grant in early 2015 when it was listed for $13 million. The homeowners’ vision reflected in this remarkable art studio, gallery and living space was featured in House Beautiful, Elle and two coffee table books; the Wall Street Journal called the 25-foot-wide home a “time capsule of development in the West Village.” Not only is it one of the most photographed homes in the neighborhood, it’s also among the oldest. Purchased by Bennett in 1977 for $155,000 with the help of a loan from the previous homeowners, the house recently sold for $6.8 million–about half the original ask–after two years on the market and several broker changes and price chops (h/t Curbed).
Artists Living With Art
Loving art is about admiration, and who’s more equipped to fully understand and appreciate the value of a piece of art than an artist. The beautiful new coffee table book entitled “Artists Living with Art,” published by Abrams and written by Stacey Goergen and Amanda Benchley, gives readers an inside peek into the homes and personal art collections from some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists including Cindy Sherman, Helen and Brice Marden, Chuck Close, Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Glenn Ligon, and Pat Steir. From a modern Soho loft to a restored Hudson River Valley farmhouse, these homes are a showcase for the artists’ personal collections of artwork set amongst cherished objects, textiles and ceramics.