A three-story brick building at 80 Forsyth Street has hit the market for $6.2 million, and boy, is it a preservation battle waiting to happen. The Lo-Down spotted the Massey Knakal listing, which notes that the building dates to 1874 when it opened as a synagogue. In the 1960s, the late Abstract Expressionist painter Pat Passlof purchased the falling-apart building and renovated it into a live-work space (adorably, Passlof was married to the painter Milton Resnick, who had his own synagogue-turned-studio on Eldridge Street). Inside, the building has three units with double-height ceilings and large arched windows, plus several skylights and a fireplace.
Even though it has a rich history, the building is not a landmark (sound the preservationist alarm!). The listing says the property comes with 3,000-square-feet of air rights, and it could be developed into a 15,180-square-foot commercial or mixed use property. We expect to see a preservation campaign to save the synagogue studio any day now.
· Former Synagogue, Studio of Painter Pat Pasloff Offered at $6.2 Million [LoDown]
· Listing: 80 Forsyth Street [Massey Knakal PDF]