Monday, December 10, 2012

How's this for adaptive reuse?

From the Daily News:

Artist David Salle, whose one-man show currently adorns the ground floor exhibition space at the Lever House at Park Ave. and 53rd St., bought the spaces combined in 2002.

A neighborhood pioneer who moved from Tribeca, Salle is considering other Brooklyn artistic enclaves such as Red Hook and Gowanus.

“It’s just time to go,” said Salle, who wants more space.

The older structure, says Salle, was built as a schoolhouse in the 1830s. The second was a townhouse dating back to the late 1860s. Working with architect Christian Hubert, Salle gave the townhouse a modern spin with a gray stucco and zinc fa├žade but opened up the historic structure, which at one time operated as a Masonic Temple. Brushed concrete, woods and metals give the home’s interior a simple but classic feel.

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