The ongoing condo conversion of the former St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School at Prince and Mott Streets in Nolita has already caught the eye of many in the NYC real estate market. Now, thanks to Curbed NY, we have learned that every single condo in the swanky complex known as the Residences at Prince will be completely unique, and many will feature original architectural elements from the historic building.
St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School (circa 1966) Credit: Higgins Quasebarth and Partners LLC
The historic brick building was built in 1825-26 to house the Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum, but was then turned into a school in 1886. Lamentably, lack of enrollment over the years forced the school to close in 2010. A few years later, the Archdiocese of New York sold it to Time Equities and Hamlin Ventures for $30.7 million.
The anticipation behind the project has grown since the condo conversion began, not only because of the building’s incredible location and historical value, but also for the accompanying price tag. Reportedly, the condos start at a staggering $7.74 million.
Last month, the Residences at Prince went on sale, and now more information on the condos has surfaced. For those of you who dislike the vulgar modernity of it all, rest assured that some of the building’s original character has been maintained during the conversion. Abby Hamlin, the founder of Hamlin Ventures, said, “There are certain places where we could allow the bones of the building to speak.”
As reported by Curbed, no two units will be alike and some of the units will have original fireplaces, exposed brick walls, timber beams and high gabled ceilings. In fact, one of the condos, a five-bedroom duplex, will have 23-foot ceilings in some of the rooms. Of course, that design feature will set you back a mere $11.9 million.