Located in what was once a cheese warehouse at 14 Harrison Street in Tribeca, this 4,500-square-foot loft has been the home of American playwright Edward Albee since 1977. According to Mansion Global, Albee held his famed annual Christmas party here, with luminaries like Lauren Bacall and Kathleen Turner in attendance. The duplex co-op spanning the building’s fifth and sixth floors is a fascinating home even without the literary connection; the classic loft, with an elevator that opens on each floor, is currently for sale asking $8.995 million.
17.5-foot ceilings frame the dramatic space, currently configured as a three-bedroom home with an art studio and three exposures. Albee, who died in 2016, reportedly wrote portions of his celebrated plays at a kitchen table here. During his lifetime, the playwright who penned “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” had filled the loft with his vast art collection which included pieces by Wassily Kandinsky and Marc Chagall.
“I hate things that are decorated up the a—. The personality isn’t there. They become who their decorator decided they are,” Mr. Albee told The Wall Street Journal in 2010 for a story featuring the property. Albee owned the home, which also comes with rights to the roof overlooking the downtown skyline, since the late 1970s. He split his time between the loft and a beach house in Montauk, which is on the market for $20 million.
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Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman.
Neighborhoods : Tribeca