A sprawling Noho penthouse, part of a building that once housed remnants of the Crystal Palace, is now on the market for $5.4 million. This airy duplex measures 2,500 square feet, and comes with an additional 1,200 square feet of private outdoor space, with large terraces on both floors.
This duplex is just one of 11 apartments in this six-story co-op, located on Broadway, close to Houston Street. The lower level of the apartment features two of the co-op’s three bedrooms, an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and the living room, which looks on to one of the terraces.
The upper level is essentially the master suite (with an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet) along with with a separate balcony for the master bedroom, and a second terrace for the duplex.
Some of the standout features of the apartment overall include the hardwood floors, the generous amount of storage space, a trio of skylights, and the massive 22-foot-tall glass doors that separate the indoor space from the outdoors, and fill the apartment with light.
Now a little backstory on the building. When the Crystal Palace, on what is now Bryant Park, burnt down in 1858, many of the exhibitors moved their wares to a newly constructed commercial building at 620 Broadway. People visited this building until 1859 as part of the “Great Fair and Exhibition of the American Union for Inventors, Manufacturers, Mechanics, Etc,” and were able to observe a host of new inventions at the time including sewing machines and printing stamps.
After that was over, the building served as a carriage manufacturing factory, a home for an apparel company, and a toy store until it was eventually converted into a co-op in the 1980s. Now a part of that history can be yours for $5.4 million.