The Montessori School in Park Slope closed a few months ago under rather scandalous circumstances, when former principal Linha Sinha was convicted of sodomy and other crimes. Now that the 9,788-square-foot building is no longer a school, it's trying to find a new owner (the current one is Anil Kumar Sinha, the father of the school's former principal). And it's trying to do so at the highest asking price in Brooklyn, $25 million. The listing is also for rent at $65,000/month, The Real Deal notes. The building, called the Tracy Mansion for its first owners, was designed by Frank Helm in the early 1900s. It needs to sell for at least $12.5 million to unseat Truman Capote's place for the borough record.
At the moment the building has commercial space and one residential unit, but the air rights allow for further development as residential space, a museum or cultural center, another educational space, or medical offices. Here's a smidge of brokerbabble:
The finest example of neo-Classical architecture in the historic district, if not in all of Brooklyn, this monumental 50-foot wide limestone mansion retains many of its original architectural details, including huge public rooms clad in rare woods, sweeping Gone with the Wind staircase, intricate plaster details, 8-foot high Italian marble fireplace, grand marble entry hall with bronze doors, and a vaulted ceiling. It is a symmetrical house with an imposing, curved central bay, and four fluted, modified Corinthian columns at the entrance. The entire home is of exceptionally fine quality, an elegant composition that is as breathtaking as it is dignified. For the discerning buyer looking for the absolute trophy home, this residence can be restored to its former grandeur. Covering three full floors, plus a basement level, the impressive floor plan affords unlimited possibilities to create an extraordinary and unique mansion. And the floorplan:
· Listing: 105 Eighth Avenue [Halstead]
· $25M Park Slope Listing Could Set a Brooklyn Record [Curbed]