DUMBO Penthouse Clocks In With Impeccable Style

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Back in the day, the Eagle Warehouse & Storage Company building in what is now the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn was state of the art — boasting fireproof vaults in the basement that stored silverware.

Built in 1984, and designed by premier architect Frank Freeman, the warehouse was on the site of the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper, which at one time counted Walt Whitman as its editor.

When the newspaper moved, Eagle Warehouse purchased the site and commissioned Freeman to build the warehouse on the site, around the old pressroom. In 1906, Freeman was commissioned again, to build a seven-story addition to the building’s east side. By then, and until 1928, the building was also home to the Brooklyn Law School. 

In 1977, it was designated a landmark by New York City, and in 1980, it was converted to 85 condos by architect Bernard Rothzeid. It is largely regarded as one of Freeman’s masterpieces, and an iconic piece of DUMBO history.

We bring this up because there is a brand-new opportunity to own a condo in this building — and not just any condo, but the coveted penthouse behind the large clock atop the building. 

Boasting nearly 17-foot ceilings, a spacious living room, and views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, East River, and Lower Manhattan, it’s easy to see why the listing — which went live Friday — is going to attract a lot of attention.

The current owner, architect Michael Davis, has done much to make the home feel like it’s at the very top of the world. 

“I tore out all the walls, revealing brick on four sides [and] exposed an additional five feet of ceiling height,” he told Mansion Global. “The objective was to reveal the character and scale of the industrial space that had preceded the conversion to residential use, and all the artifacts and infrastructure that had been concealed.” 

The result is a light-filled space with enormous skylights, plenty of exposed brick, and is a marriage of warm and inviting and industrial. 

The custom kitchen has plenty of storage, with a Viking convection stove, Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawers, paneled Sub-Zero fridge, and stone countertops blending in seamlessly to the rest of the home’s design choices. 

A spacious master has heated flooring, multiple walk-in closets, and a bathroom outfitted completely in Indian slate. 

The building itself offers amenities that include a doorman, live-in super, on-site manager, bike storage, fitness center, and lobby. It’s also positioned at the entrance of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The one-bedroom, one-bath DUMBO condo is priced at $2.35 million and is listed by Nick Gavin with Compass. Want to see more? Click here.