In an age when nearly all of the new residential buildings being built around the world are fairly minimalist and fashioned out of newly-popularized materials such as glass and steel, it’s a refreshing phenomenon to have one born instead out of two already existing, exquisitely embellished, solid edifices—landmarked sites preserved for their incredible history and character, extraordinarily clocking in at nearly 150 years of age.
Though repurposed to suit a contemporary lifestyle, the single structure the historic two form manages to remain faithful to the building’s roots, recalling a spectacular bygone era now all but forgotten.
Nestled in Manhattan’s coveted TriBeCa—a neighborhood dotted with countless monumental plaques saluting its vibrant past—52 Lispenard embraces the ornate, brick-and-iron beauty of 19th-century architecture while offering the epitome of modern luxury living. Venture into the building’s gilded lobby and you’ll find walnut-paneled walls, limestone-tiled floors, and custom artwork by Japanese sculptor and painter Mieko Yuki.
Standing at only seven stories tall, the exclusive residential consists of only seven elegant homes—four full-floor three- to five-bedroom pads, plus a duplex penthouse and two triplex townhouses—each featuring a great room with a fireplace, wide-plank Italian oak floors, soaring ceilings, and full-frontage windows.
Pre-wired to accommodate smart home systems, the sumptuous residences also come equipped with four-zone climate control, recessed LED art lighting, and custom-designed Italy kitchens.
For those intrigued by the notion of residing in the storied spot, note that only two of the opulent condos—a $7.5 million four-bedroom and a $6.650 million five-bedroom—are still on the market.
“Located right in the heart of Tribeca, 52 Lispenard Street is a rare gem, says Murat Bugdaycay, founder of Essex Development, the residential’s developer. “The boutique building offers the unique opportunity to live in both a cast-iron loft building and a new construction—a seamless marriage of historic and modern design. The best craftsmen renovated the historic portions brick by brick and molded new cast-iron elements, while talented artists were hired to create new artisanal elements that are tomorrow’s heirlooms. I was personally involved in the oversight of every element of the building, from the hand-selected Italian marble from the quarry, to the lighting and every fixture in between, ensuring the highest quality materials and execution.”
For more information regarding the new development and its current open listings, visit its official website