19th-Century Concert Hall Turned Hip Loft in NoHo
Here at Cool Houses Daily, there's little that excites this group of house-lovers more than a historic building repurposed as a one-of-a-kind home. We've seen an elegant converted carriage house in Massachusetts; a firehouse turned eclectic residence in Texas; and today, a circa 1860 concert venue transformed into a loft apartment in New York City's NoHo neighborhood. (Cue swelling choir music.)
Location: New York, N.Y.
Listed By: Mara Flash Blum and Nikki Field of Sotheby's International Realty
Known as Beethoven Hall, the building was one of Manhattan's most popular social halls through the early 20th century, hosting everything from dances to weddings to political meetings. In the early 1990s, a group of investors purchased the building and renovated it into a gallery and apartment, with the awe-inspiring concert area serving as the home's main gathering space. The 32-foot arched ceiling is the focal point of the room, but really, the space is stunning from top to bottom, with its exposed brick walls, porthole windows and reclaimed wood floors.
Arched doorways lead to the full-floor loft's other stylish spaces: a secluded terrace (quite roomy by Manhattan standards, we might add), a library with state-of-the-art work stations and a chef's kitchen with an adjacent sun-drenched solarium. A loggia acts as the gateway to the home's four bedrooms, including a large master suite with a modern, spa-like bathroom.