The Police Building, a stately full-block size civic monument at the crossroads of SoHo and Nolita. A classic landmark building, and that rare Downtown, full service co-op building. Rarer still is the sheer theatricality of this building, complete with its own pair of guardian lions perched on either side of the granite entry staircase. A mesmerizing amalgam of classic architecture, mixing both Beaux-Arts and Baroque styles, with seriously rich and generous public spaces. A most remarkable sprawling marble lobby, with a movie set staircase and genuinely soaring ceiling heights throughout, it truly has the look and feel of a 5-star...European Grand Hotel and one telling data point, as subtle as its splendid central dome is eye-catching: the ratio between owners and full-time employees is a stand out 4 to 1. Situated at the SW corner of the building, this three bedroom/three bathroom duplex apartment has a dramatic 15-foot-plus ceiling height in the living room and primary bedroom, with divine afternoon sunlight through five 10-foot-tall windows, dressed with custom length La Regence shades. The corner master bedroom is wonderfully bright and features a large walk-in closet and beautifully designed en-suite double sink bathroom outfitted with Grohe sink and shower hardware and triple mirror cabinets. The sleekly renovated open kitchen is equipped with a full line of Thermador appliances: over-sized fridge, 6-burner gas range, under-counter microwave and silent dishwasher. Lovely, dark grey soapstone laced with veins of bright white quartz counters and copious cabinet storage space. Large laundry closet with full-size side-by-side washer and dryer. Additionally, on this level, there is a second bedroom with an adjacent full bathroom. Going up the solid oak staircase to the upper level, you pass by a reading nook and through a bookshelf and art lined "gallery" to the third bedroom and full bathroom. Off the gallery is an extra office/guestroom overlooking the double height living room. Both levels cooled by in unit CAC. Designed by the architectural firm of Hoppin & Koen, the former NYC Police Headquarters building at 240 Centre Street was completed in 1909 and is considered one the finest municipal examples of Edwardian Baroque architecture in the city. Designated as an individual NYC landmark in 1978, it was also listed on National Register of Historic of Historic Places in 1980. Converted to co-operative residences in 1987, the building has 10 full-time staff members for its 39 owners, including a doorman, concierge, super and dedicated handyman. There's a fabulous gym on the first floor that opens on to the outdoor common garden area which is currently being enlarged. The building is also going through a re-freshening with all common areas receiving a new coat of paint and new carpeting throughout.
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