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SoHo Loft Information:
The 9-story, 10 unit residential co-op building is located at the northwest corner of Broadway and Prince Street in the SoHo District of New York City.
Originally five stories, the marble-fronted building was designed by John Kellum and built in 1860 by John A. May, an umbrella manufacturer. The building was leased to Ball Black & Co., New York's leading jeweler, across the street from its arch rival, Tiffany & Co. until 1874. In 1893, Charles and Mortiz Freedman bought the building for their ladies’ wear business. They first proposed adding one story, but revised that to four at a cost of $50,000. In 1979, the building was converted into a residential co-op by Martin R. Fine. Two apartments on the 2nd floor were renovated to create the 4,000 square foot Loft for the filming of the series.
"After visiting and rejecting several dozen locations, the producers found this building downtown and broke through the walls of two adjacent apartments to form a single, vast four-bedroom loft - one that few artistic young wannabes could actually afford to rent, even en masse. Both home and set, the place has been bugged, with 14 microphones set into the ceiling and night tables in addition to the wireless ones the participants wear. The phones have been tapped so that viewers can hear both sides of the conversation. In an adjacent work space with a separate entrance, a crew of up to 13 people at a time puts in 10 hour shifts surrounded by dubbing racks, a sound-mixing console and swags of cable." (1992 Newspaper Article)
"SoHo Extraordinaire. Welcome to the rare historic grandeur of the classic Soho 1860s cast iron redefined loft of the 21st Century, recently featured in The New York Post and Open House NYC. Called "the most beautiful loft in SoHo," by the late architect, Philip Johnson, this exceptionally gracious and architecturally significant sprawling key-locked full floor loft offers a flexible plan and approximately 6,500 square feet of awe-inspiring dramatic design, including a 1,500 square foot mezzanine which can be accessed by way of 2 staircases. Exit one of 2 massive freight-sized passenger elevators, pass one of the guest powder rooms located in the vestibule, walk through one of three main entrances, and pass a Prince Street sized art gallery. You are now standing in a 2,500 square foot formal living/dining/media room. Look up and see the double height 17 ft exposed brick original vault ceiling. Notice the original stately Corinthian columns, 6 to be exact, supporting it. Look down and see the original Carrara marble floor. Gaze north and east and see almost 12 ft tall windows illuminating this fantastic space. All historic reminders of the original sales and showroom for the Ball Black & Co., the leading 19th Century NYC jeweler (before Tiffany's) that was once housed here. Currently configured as 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 2 powder rooms, this space is extremely versatile. The internationally famous artist/architect owners have incorporated the perfect marriage of entertaining/living/creating space including a master bedroom suite, his/her bath/dressing rooms, 4 additional bedrooms, a gallery, a Great Room, open kitchen, media room, and a library." (Douglas Elliman Real Estate Listing)
The 2nd floor is now a single apartment and the ground floor retail space is leased to Victoria's Secret PINK.
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SoHo Loft Visit, May 2010
2nd Floor Windows, Front Doors, Lobby, Southeast Corner, Prince Street Side, Retail Space
Prince Street Side
Bathroom, Billiard Room, Dining Room, Entryway, Kitchen, Living Room, Office
February 16 - May 18, 1992
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