It's been a little more than a year since developer Aby Rosen bought the landmark graffiti-covered mansion at the corner of Bowery and Spring Streets, and its transformation—from artist's haven to high-end office space—is already well underway. Windows have been cleaned and some of the graffiti has been washed away, but the biggest changes are happening inside, away from public view—until now.
Photographer and erstwhile editor of the now-defunct Animal New York Bucky Turco recently got inside the building and snapped photos of the under-construction space. (This comes just about a year after Animal's first venture into the space.)
What he found is a building that's very much in the middle of of transformation. Rosen's development company, RFR Realty, is in the process of turning the onetime home/gallery into an office building with ground-floor retail, and some of the images below reflect that—desks are being brought in (with an open-concept floorplan, apparently), offices are being created, and so on. Some of its historic elements, such as an original 19th-century elevator, are now preserved behind glass.
Other parts of the building are less built-out: The basement is still in disarray, with the old bank vault still intact (though there's a crack in the glass). The main hall, shown below, is still in need of work and has plenty of equipment currently taking up the space.
Check out more photos below: