The Big OH: Nosing around a Tribeca landmark with architectural pedigree

Down in Tribeca, at 67 Franklin Street, Cast Iron House is surrounded by construction barricades. But that didn’t stop LLNYC from slipping through and nosing around for the latest installment of our Big Open House series.

Originally built in 1881 by James White, the landmark building is now months away from completing its transformation into luxury condos.

Developer Knightsbridge Properties purchased the building back in 2001, but held their horses until 2009, when work began on the project. Corcoran broker Todd Vitolo played the part of tour guide for us, and explained that Knightsbridge spent around $10 million and over two years on the facade alone.

Pritzker prize winning architect Shigeru Ban adds a little star power to the development, which will hold 13 units total — 11 standard duplexes and two penthouse units.

The lobby — which is currently sparse and still very much under construction — will soon be decked out with venetian plaster walls, marble floors and a huge plate glass window, looking into the foliage-filled interior courtyard. Soon, it will look like a lavish Tribeca tree house.

We headed up to the $10.5 million unit 6A, which serves as the building’s model apartment. Private elevator entry is the preferred method of entrance at Cast Iron House, and it opens into the unit’s foyer, staged by interior designer Brad Ford.

On this level of the 4,250-square-foot duplex you’ll find the rather impressive double height living room. The open plan space has a sizable dining area and a kitchen fitted with Shigeru’s custom white-matte-lacquer-finished cabinetry, marble countertops, Gaggenau appliances and an island big enough to double as a yoga mat.

The spread is technically a five bedroom, although two of those rooms are being repurposed — one as a cozy library and one and a study.

The building’s charming original cast iron columns still stand, but have been re-covered in Shigeru’s signature white-matte finish. Between the columns and the unit’s occasional wavy wall, as Vitolo explains, there are “lots of beautiful curves throughout.”

Upstairs are the bedrooms proper, three of them, including a sprawling 900-square-foot master suite, which comes with a large dressing area. All of the four bathrooms from master to powder have a custom — and curvaceous, of course –Shigeru designed vanity.

The building — as with all good luxury condo buildings — has its share of amenities too, including a fitness centre, dance studio, residents’ lounge, game room, playroom, and custom hydrotherapy spa.

Closings Vitolo said, are expected to begin in June, and while he wouldn’t divulge details of sales, he did reveal there has “been activity.” Of the seven units currently listed on StreetEasy right now, six are shown to be in contract, which isn’t exactly surprising. Even we were wooed by the proportions of the pads, and the project’s architectural pedigree.