clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Will the For-Sale Foundling Become a 19,000-Sq.-Foot Manse?

New, 15 comments

The New York City Foundling's West Village outpost at 27 Christopher Street is poised to enter the market at $47.5 million any day now, but superbroker Dolly Lenz already has a vision of the structure's new incarnation. Lenz sees the 19,000-square-foot building that has prior served as a Catholic elementary school and a nursing school affiliated with St. Vincent's hospital, as a private home. "My gut instinct is that it will become a mansion," Lenz told the Times. "The property has many potential uses—as a boutique hotel, as a private club—but we're showing it as a fabulous mansion at a unique and irreplaceable location."

To market it as such, Lenz has commissioned an architect to draw-up two blueprint and rendering schemes depicting the home following the "inevitable" gut-renovation she foresees. The Times describes the depictions:

Both versions emphasize luxury on an unapologetically grand scale: a glass elevator serving all levels; a sweeping staircase to the parlor gallery, reception rooms and his-and-hers powder rooms; a sprawling second-floor master suite with his-and-hers baths, two dressing rooms, separate studies, a yoga room, a linen room (because a mere closet would not suffice), and a romantic breakfast nook with an adjoining pantry. The amenities on the lower level include a sauna, gym, home theater, and wine room; on the roof there is a terraced garden with an outdoor kitchen, a Jacuzzi, a dog run and, yes, a canine spa. Although Lenz and spectators may be eager to see the sale of the building, it might not happen all that fast: the building has a deed restriction that requires it be used for healthcare purposes until 2016. Following its sale, the programs offered by the Foundling at 27 Christopher Street will relocate to its headquarters at 590 Avenue of the Americas. The sale's proceeds will be used to fund new programs for children, especially those who need support aging out of foster care.
· West Village Mansion in the Rough [NYT]
· Foundling Seeks to Sell Village Headquarters for $47.5M [Curbed]