The Machinery Exchange - 136 Baxter
136 Baxter was clearly “built by people who love architecture.” What the neighborhood may lack in instant charm, the building makes up for in its uniqueness and impeccable conversion. Like 11 Spring Street a short walk away in the northeast, the Machinery Exchange also was a horse’s stable, becoming a machinery warehouse just prior to the Great Depression. Unlike many conversions that lose the suppleness of the original structure, the Exchange’s wood and brick construction maintains a lightness that too often gets lost among the high ceilings and loft spaces. Its yellow pine ceilings and red oak floors bring a welcome warmth to this Little Italy residence.
Address: The Machinery Exchange, 136 Baxter
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Year Renovated: 2007
Apartments: 10′ to 13′ ceiling heights, golden pine ceilings, solid oak flooring, original cast iron columns, exposed brick walls, double glazed acoustically insulated windows, hydronic heating systems, Daiken central air systems
Kitchens: Valcucine brushed aluminum cabinetry, Bianco Luna countertops, Miele gas ranges, dishwashers and convection ovens, SubZero integrated refrigerators, Dornbracht faucets, Blanco handcrafted stainless steel sinks
Bathrooms: Bateig Azul Spanish limestone flooring, Bianco Luna vanities, Zuma tubs, Duravit wall-hung toilets, Axor shower-heads, Da Vinci chrome shower controls
Building: private roof terraces
Notable: The architects are Mark DuBois and Ed Rawlings. The developer is Max Protetch.
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