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All images of The Police Building #5H via Douglas Elliman All images of The Police Building #5H via Douglas Elliman
After eleven years, several brokerage changes, and reductions of nearly $20 million, the $10.5 million sale of a masterfully designed duplex co-op in The Police Building has been recorded (h/t New York Post). The building was named for its history as the former headquarters of the New York City Police Department, and this duplex used to be the gymnasium. It is also the only apartment master architect Charles Gwathmey ever designed from the ground up, and a four-year transformation turned it into a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath, 6,600-square-foot home.

For all its impeccable credentials, the listing spent over a decade on and off the market since it was first listed for $30 million in May 2008. The economy fell into recession and recovered in that time, and Nolita saw increased competition in the form of both new construction – 152 Elizabeth Street, designed by Pritzker Prize laureate Tadao Ando – and other historic conversions – e.g., Residences at Prince, part of the landmarked Old St. Patrick’s School and Convent. As the buyer prepares to move in, we take a look inside a spectacular home in one of downtown New York's most iconic residential conversions.

The Great Room’s 25’ vaulted ceiling is a souvenir from its days as a gymnasium and accented with three skylights, terra cotta tiling, and exposed steel tresses.


Double doors lead to a chef’s kitchen with multiple sinks and double Viking ovens, 80+ bottle wine cellar, and double Miele dishwashers among the high-end appliances.


A private terrace offers views of the building’s architectural details and the Soho skyline.


The first-floor master suite encompasses the entire eastern wing and features a dressing room, two walk-in closets, two onyx master baths, and a private sauna.


Three bedrooms are upstairs, as is an open study overlooking the Great Room.

240 Centre Street #5H floor plan Floor plans via Douglas Elliman
240 Centre Street #5H floor plan
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