We've been tracking the rebirth of the old Samuel Tredwell Skidmore House on East 4th Street just off the Bowery, nestled next to the new big and brawny 2 Cooper Square luxury rental tower. Now this landmark, previously planned to return to its roots as a single-family residence before money got tight, is itself ready to hit the rental market. Details and pricing were leaked last week, which is when we paid a visit to see how the 1844 house is faring. A crew working for the Atlantic Development Group (the same folks behind 2 Cooper Square) gave us a preview of the 10 units, which have different layouts arrayed around a wide-open staircase that reaches from top to bottom. There's no elevator, so moving in the furniture might prove interesting, but hey, the Skidmores managed to pull it off.
Inside are high ceilings, multi-paned windows and floors covered in solid oak. Open kitchens, featuring a bare brick wall with historic but inoperable fireplace cut-outs, are done up with the same colorful glass backsplash and high-end stainless steel appliances found in the new residences next door.
Out back is a walled courtyard patio, fronted by a cozy porch with wooden columns and balustrade, part of a ground floor one-bedroom rear unit. The bed and bath there are within the three-story "tea house" annex, each with tall windows facing onto both the courtyard and the new Deuce Coop tower. On an upper floor is the building's sole two-bedroom unit, with windows facing both north and south. Prices are $2,500/month and up (set at about $100/sqft), which includes access to 2 Coop's amenities. The Skidmore due date for new occupants is set for December 1.
· Samuel Tredwell Skidmore House coverage [Curbed]
· 2 Cooper Square [Official Site]