More details (and an interior rendering!) have emerged for the six historic Madison Avenue rowhouses south of the soon-to-be-old Whitney Museum, which are currently undergoing a long-awaited conversion to 10 sprawling apartments. At 33 East 74th Street, as per the Times piece on the project, less (units) is more (space). Here's what we know:
The three- to five-bedroom condo units will have 10-foot ceilings; the smallest will have 3,850 square feet of space, the largest more than 10,000. Each will also feature an entrance gallery over 20 feet long, while each bedroom will have an en-suite bath and an entry vestibule. In addition, the Atterbury mansion, a four-story house that faces 74th Street on the southeasternmost bit of the plot, is being left intact but undergoing a makeover while retaining "its floors, its giant second-floor arched windows, and its 13-foot ceiling heights." Behind the restored facades of the other houses, two elevators will be installed for the condos, but the Atterbury and the three-story penthouse on the roof (part of a set-back rooftop addition?remember, this is all Landmarks-approved, despite neighborly opposition) will have their own private elevators. And, for the first time, the upper "end" of the asking price range has been divulged: units will hit the market in mid-November starting from approximately $14 million to over $30 million.
Fancy hotel interior designers Champalimaud are planning to use appropriately fancy materials and flourishes, including "custom millwork and materials like polished Calacatta and honed Bardiglio marble, and ziricote wood." Inside the units, the design team has strived to create great rooms free of columns, plus big galleries and vestibules.
Some background on how these came to be: the six historic rowhouses used to belong to the Whitney Museum, which in 2010 sold them for $95 million to developer Daniel E. Straus (whose other job is being the CEO of CareOne, which runs nursing homes and assisted-living facilities). He finally earned Landmarks approval for the combination, by promising to keep five of the six facades intact and restoring them, with the aid of Beyer Blinder Belle.
Here's a refresher of the exterior plans:
· 33 East 74th Street [official site]
· Up-to-Date Homes in Antique Packaging [NYT]
· Ex-Whitney Brownstones Finally Being Converted Into Condos [Curbed]
· All 33 East 47th Street coverage [Curbed]