Known for trendy shopping and restaurants, the Tribeca and Soho neighborhoods currently have the two highest median sales prices in New York City. However, even before the area transformed into a hip, artistic hub, commercial and industrial activities heavily dominated Lower Manhattan.
Many of these condos and lofts once served other functions, as you can tell from their distinct architecture. As luxury homes continue to flourish in this area, read on to find out what some of these buildings used to be.
10. 80 Wooster Street
Now a seven-story residential co-op building and home to clothing store Christopher Fischer on the first floor, 80 Wooster Street used to be a warehouse. In 1895, as brick homes were replaced by factory and manufacturing buildings, Gilbert Schellenger designed the Renaissance-styled structure. The real estate firm Boehm & Coon then set up the warehouse. A few decades later, the Miller Paper Company occupied the building until 1967, when George Maciunas, who founded an artists’ organization called the Fluxus Group, and re-established the building as “Fluxhouse Cooperative II.”