67° Good Evening
67° Good Evening
Real Estate

NYC landmarks: The Chatsworth, The Apthorp and more buildings you can live in

Imagine that you’re eating your leftover chicken dinner in the same place where Wild Turkey bourbon was stored, or where New Yorkers went to get their first telephones in the early 20th century.

If you live in one of New York City’s landmarked buildings — of which there are more than 1,000, according to the real estate listings site StreetEasy — your domestic routine takes place in the setting of a piece of New York history.

From the original New York Telephone Company Building to the former Wild Turkey warehouse and a bank that opened in 1913, here are some of the city’s most beautiful and unique landmarked buildings that you can live in:

Brooklyn Trust Company Building

138 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights Talk about old
Photo Credit: Katherine Brabyn

138 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights

Talk about old money -- the Brooklyn Trust Company Building, which was converted to condos in 2015, was originally a Chase Bank. The ground floor of the building, first constructed in 1913, is still a bank, and now has 12 condos in the five stories above it.

The structure was landmarked twice, first in 1996 by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. In 2009, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Stahl Organization, the conversion's developer, preserved the building's original facade and several of the residences have original wood-burning fireplaces.

"Architect Barry Rice updated this historic landmark for 21st-century living by creating just 12 generous, open-plan apartments which combine the scale and comfort of a Manhattan loft with the intimacy of a townhouse," said Roger Fortune, vice president of The Stahl Organization. Five condos were for sale in the building recently, ranging in price from $3.25 million to $4.2 million.

Austin Nichols House

184 Kent Ave., Williamsburg The Austin Nichols House
Photo Credit: Austin Nichols House

184 Kent Ave., Williamsburg

The Austin Nichols House is the ideal location for lovers of history and whiskey. The building was originally designed by Cass Gilbert, whose other projects included the Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway, and was built for Austin, Nichols. & Co. The building later served as the distribution center for Wild Turkey bourbon.

Designed in the Egyptian Revival style, the building was originally a warehouse, and was so big that it was dubbed a "horizontal skyscraper." The seven-story structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. It was converted to 338 luxury rentals in 2010 and is currently being renovated by architect Morris Adjmi into condos. Sales started in May, and prices start at $650,000 for a studio, $850,000 for a one-bedroom, and $1.3 million for a two-bedroom.

Asher Abehsera, founder of LIVWRK, one of the developers behind the condo conversion, called the Austin Nichols House "one of the most significant buildings on the Brooklyn waterfront" and "a testament to Williamsburg's role in the culture and history of New York City."

The Potter Building

145 Nassau St. Built in 1886 by architect
Photo Credit: Lauren Cook

145 Nassau St.

Built in 1886 by architect Norris G. Starkweather, the Potter Building was designated a New York City landmark in 1996. The building gets its name from Orlando B. Potter, a real estate investor and politician who commissioned its construction in the 1880s, according to StreetEasy.

Converted into co-op apartments in 1980, the Potter Building now boasts 41 units on 11 floors.

Real estate broker and longtime TriBeCa resident Dorothy Zeidman said the Queen Anne-style building is unique to the area with its "extravaganza of robust terra-cotta details" and a roof deck that is "enhanced with what look like elaborate sand drip castle pinnacles."

In its designation report, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission said the Potter Building was given landmark status due to its unique architectural design. The Potter Building currently had two units for sale as of press time, a three-bed for $1.9 million and a two-bed for $2.3 million, according to StreetEasy.

The Apthorp

2111 Broadway Own a condo in The Apthorp
Photo Credit: Citi Habitats

2111 Broadway

Own a condo in The Apthorp and you have stake in one of New York's first city-designated landmarks. Built as rentals in 1908, it was at the time the largest residential building in the world. The Apthorp was one of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission's first considerations after it was formed in 1965, and it received landmark status in 1966.

The mixed-use building's 12 stories and 154 condos, the product of a 2008 conversion, take up an entire city block and are wrapped around a private center courtyard.

The LPC wrote in its designation that The Apthorp's Italian Renaissance architecture holds "special historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the development, heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City." There were five units for sale in The Apthorp recently, with prices ranging from $1.8 million to $12 million, roughly.

100 Barclay

Step into the Roaring '20s in the former
Photo Credit: Williams New York

Step into the Roaring '20s in the former New York Telephone Company building. Built between 1923 and 1927, it was the first big architectural project by Ralph Thomas Walker, who was famous for bold and dramatic details.

"This was the golden age of art deco," Larry Kruysman, director of sales for the building, which is currently owned by Magnum Realty Group, said of the time. In the building specifically, "the detail, the amount of artwork that was inlaid into the floors, into moldings, is very intricate and so outstanding for that period," he said, adding that it has brass, bronze and copper trimmings throughout.

Both the exterior and its lobby were individually landmarked by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1991. Today, Verizon offices occupy the first 10 floors of the building, and 157 condos are in the top 23 stories. There are were 14 condos for sale recently, with prices ranging from about $2 million to $10 million.

Manhattan House

200 E. 66th St. To live in the
Photo Credit: O'Connor Capital Partners

200 E. 66th St.

To live in the lap of Upper East Side luxury, get yourself a condo in the Manhattan House. The property, which has five 20-story towers, was designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft, built in 1950 and was designated by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2007.

It was first constructed as luxury rentals, and is currently being converted into more than 400 condos by developer O'Connor Capital Partners. Amenities include a private garden, an on-site parking garage, recreational space on the roof and a children's playroom.

"A landmarked mid-century icon, Manhattan House has been impeccably reimagined to combine its modernist heritage with the quintessential elements of contemporary living," explained Bill O'Connor, president and CEO of O'Connor Capital Partners. "With its timeless aesthetic, Manhattan House exemplifies true Upper East Side living."

Recently, there were nine units for sale in the building, priced from $1.1 million to $11.13 million.

The Chatsworth

344 W. 72nd St. For a classic Beaux-Arts
Photo Credit: Kenneth G. Grant

344 W. 72nd St.

For a classic Beaux-Arts exterior, look no further than The Chatsworth. The 14-story beauty was designed by architect John E. Scharsmith and built in 1904 as an apartment building. It gained fame for its elaborate exterior and 4,000-square-foot lobby.

The building, which is located at the bottom of Riverside Park, was landmarked by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1984. It is currently being converted into 50 luxury condos -- some with views of the Hudson River -- and has a completion date set for this fall.

Sales began in January and prices range from $1.6 million to more than $10 million. Residences in the building ooze luxury, with 10-foot ceilings, crown moldings and marble counters in the kitchen. The Chatsworth conveys a turn-of-the-century elegance, which developer HFZ Capital Group "[hopes] to recapture for today," founder Ziel Feldman said in a statement.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified Austin, Nichols. & Co. and Wild Turkey bourbon as the same company to occupy Austin Nichols House; Austin, Nichols. & Co. and Wild Turkey are separate companies that used the building at different times. It also misidentified the Austin Nichols House renovation architect as Morris Adjimi; the correct name of the architect is Morris Adjmi.

Also, the address for The Apthorp was incorrectly listed as 2111; the correct street address is 2211.


We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

News photos & videos