One-of-a-kind opportunity to rent a piece of downtown New York history. This impeccably renovated 20.5' wide, 2,800 SF landmarked SoHo firehouse features 13'-15' beamed ceilings on every floor and a stunning roof terrace with outdoor shower. A curb cut enables one to pull their car in and out of the building if desired, a luxury rarely available in Manhattan. Live/work allowed.
A modern interior juxtaposed against the landmarked original exterior, this home was recently gut renovated, yet still maintains it's historic facade and fire engine red lacquered spiral staircase. Natural light streams over wide plank oak floors though 10' windows on the main level, with grand scale living space and a modern kitchen appointed with top of the line appliances by Miele and Subzero.
The tranquil dedicated master floor enjoys the same abundant natural light and 14' beamed ceilings. A floating clawfoot soaking tub, windowed steam shower by Hansgrohe, Vola fixtures, and separate water closet with Toto toilet complete this luxe, spa-like master bath. A custom walk-in closet provides ample storage.
The ground level functions as a studio, garage, commercial space or secondary entertaining area, complete with floor to ceiling custom built-in bookshelves and poured concrete floors, paneled double bay doors and 15' ceiling. A full bathroom with Toto toilet completes this floor.
There is a large, landscaped sunny roof terrace with lounge area, cabana and outdoor shower.
A basement level provides ample storage, a possible recreation room and an in unit washer/dryer.
Originally constructed in 1887 for FDNY Engine Company No. 55, the firehouse at 185 Lafayette Street is a triumph of patterned brickwork, lined with terra cotta rosettes and an intricate stone cornice. Cast iron pillars situated on either side have a gentle folding detail and are topped with stylized flame accents, an homage to this building's original purpose. The famed Napoleon LeBrun was commissioned to build over 40 firehouses between 1880-1895 including 185 Lafayette Street. Designed to provide fire protection for the influx of new loft buildings during the rapid industrialization of SoHo in the late 19th century, 185 Lafayette Street was a functioning firehouse until 1982 when the eventual widening of Lafayette Street brought it to a close. For many years following, the city retained possession of the firehouse as sleeping quarters for Deputy Fire Chief Thomas R. Langford.