The Big OH: Opening the doors to the new Woolworth Tower Residences

When the Woolworth Tower Residences released photos a few weeks ago of their brand spanking new model units, we knew we had to get a look inside. So we did exactly that.

Sotheby’s broker, Joshua Judge, was kind enough to indulge us and led the tour for the latest installment of our Big Open House series.

Commissioned by retail magnate F. W. Woolworth and designed by Cass Gilbert, the Tribeca building was officially opened on April 24, 1913. Almost a century later, Alchemy Properties bought the top 30 floors of the tower and began converting them into 33 residences, ranging from one-bedroom units starting at $4.6 million, to full floor behemoths starting at $26.4 million. (The penthouse unit is asking a reported $110 million).

Along with the residences, amenities have been added to the building as well, including a fitness studio, a pool and spa, a lounge and wine cellar, and a tasting room.

For the tour, we headed skyward to residence 38A, one of the building’s two model units. Manhattan-based designer Alan Tanksley staged the 3,282-square-foot, three-bedroom pad, which is asking just under $10.2 million.

Tanksley selected deep colors, custom carpets and upholstery, hand-printed wall coverings, special millwork and artwork galore.

Solid oak herringbone floors are found throughout the place (except, of course, in the bathrooms), but they stand out most in the large open plan living and dining area where there is also a lavish bar, inlaid with mother of pearl. The ceilings are high, as they are throughout the building; you won’t come across any below 10 feet.

Just off the living area is the kitchen, where there is custom cabinetry, marble countertops and backsplashes, and Miele appliances.

One of the bedrooms in the model unit is currently configured as a cozy den, while the other two remain true to their original purpose. The master bedroom has hand-painted watercolor wallpaper, a seating area and an Andy Warhol on the wall (alas, not included). Monogramed wooden doors are the stars of the large walk-in closet, and the master bathroom is lined in marble with radiant heated floors, a steam shower and a free-standing tub.

Residences at the Woolworth start on the 29th floor and as a result, they all come with stellar views. But not only are the views good, they are framed by the Woolworth’s signature terracotta, a feature so treasured that Judge told us the developers spent a total of $22 million restoring them.

Though we didn’t think it was possible to improve on the views from all-glass, floor-to-ceiling windows, these 100-year-old frames manage to beautify the already-mesmerizing cityscape. Gazing through them — at the rows of bland, new-construction towers — we certainly gained a newfound respect for historical craftsmanship.