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On Tuesday, January 9, the Landmarks Preservation Commission ("Landmarks") voted to declare the the Modulightor Building by Modernist architect Paul Rudolph a New York City Landmark. It was built as a showroom for the Rudolph-founded Modulightor lighting company with residential space, and distinguished by its distinct front and rear elevations made of intersecting and overlapping horizontal and vertical rectangles of varying projection and size. The building replaced an 1860s rowhouse that had been remodeled into a commercial structure in the early 1960s; Mr. Rudolph and partner Ernst Wagner bought it in 1989 and started construction shortly after. Following Mr. Rudolph's death in 1997, colleague Mark Squeo led the second phase of the project, which was ultimately completed in 2018.
It is not possible to live in the Modulightor Building at the moment, but its Landmarks declaration comes at a time when contemporarily single-family mansions with high-end finishes, state-of-the-art appliances and infrastructure, and deluxe amenities like sports courts, hot tubs, and parking are proving popular all over New York. Construction is winding down on hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen's mega-mansion in the West Village. We look at similarly grand mansions and townhouses currently on the market.
Manhattan-Mansions-03 Modern mansions of Manhattan include 134 Charles Street, 11 Hubert, 241 West 17th Street, 829 Greenwich Street

Modern Manse' by Maya Lin
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From the Listing: Being sold as a vacant development site, 11 Hubert Street is an exceptionally rare offering for an end user to build a single-family mansion in an A+ location in the heart of TriBeCa. With not one, but two existing sets of Landmarks Commission-approved plans and renderings, here you can build the private, modern home of your dreams in The Tribeca West Historic District. Located on the Southwest corner of Hubert and Collister, 11 Hubert Street has remarkable street frontage, an existing curb cut, impressive outdoor space, and the potential to create an exceptional 20,000+ square foot modern residence. See floor plan and full details here.

An Architectural Apex

23 Beekman Place, #NA (Corcoran Group)

Understated in Red Hook

303 Van Brunt Street, #1 (Compass)

398 Bond Street, # (Corcoran Group)

Rare Greenwich Village Gem

9 Minetta Street, # (Serhant LLC)

Contemporary M.C. Escher in Chelsea

217 West 20th Street, # (Sothebys International Realty)

Fluid lines in Williamsburg

76 South 2nd Street, #TH (Corcoran Group)

An Upper West Side Hideaway

The Pearl Townhome, #PH (ALTA Real Estate)

Contextual in Cobble Hill

Polhemus Townhouses, # (Leslie J Garfield & Co Inc)

Columbia Waterfront District Compound

96-98 Degraw Street, # (Compass)

Country Living in the City

104 King Street, # (Compass)

Sprawling homes on Summit Street

The Summit Street Townhomes, #Building (MNS)

East Village Eclectic

56 East 1st Street, #House (Leslie J Garfield & Co Inc)

A Flatiron Fantasy
34-west-21st-03 Renderings of 34 West 21st Street via Karl Fischer Architect
34-West-21st-Street-1 All images of 34 West 21st Street via Karl Fisher Architect
34 West 21st Street rooftop
34-West-21st-Street-2 Master bath
34-West-21st-Street-3 Spa
In the heart of the Ladies Mile Historic District, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the design of a newly constructed, opulently detailed six-story townhouse because it fit in with the streetscape. However, a representative from the Historic Districts Council dissented, pointing out the rarity of single-family homes in this area. Indeed, townhouses like this one, with its outdoor hot tub, basement spa area, garage, and private garden, are all but unheard of in this neighborhood. See further details here.

The Billionaire's Bunker
145-Perry-Street-1 Rendering of 145 Perry Street via Leroy Street Studio
Construction is winding down on hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen's mega-mansion on the corner of Washington Street. Its location in the Greenwich Village Historic District meant it had to go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission, but the project ultimately passed muster with both the body and the Department of Buildings. Plans call for a brick-clad four-story home with a grand staircase, fireplaces, and a private rear garden. A separate townhouse for Mr. Cohen's children is also in the works next door. See further details here.
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