The Fourteenth Ward Industrial School, often referred to as the Astor Memorial School, is located at 256 Mott between Prince and Houston Streets – in the heart of Nolita. Built in 1888-1889 for the Children's Aid Society, the building was designed by the firm of Vaux & Radford and is a striking example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Adorned with carved stone, terra cotta and pressed Philadelphia brick, the building was converted to co-op in 1972 and later designated a New York City Landmark in 1977. 256 Mott is a once in a generation opportunity to live in an oasis of history, architecture and charm rarely found in such a blue chip location.
Enter 256 Mott through an impressive elliptical-arched doorway at street level, which conceals the building's double height lobby filled with beautiful original details from an era past. Available for sale for the first time in 15 years, this mint condition parlor residence features 14 windows, 4 exposures, approximately 1,800 square feet of living space, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Soaring 11'7'' ceiling heights and remarkable original details which have been masterfully restored make this one of the most special homes to ever hit the market in prime Nolita.
Enter the parlor into one of the grandest rooms one can imagine. The approximately 50' by 33' great room is wrapped with 8 landmarked windows facing east, south and west, each at least 7 feet tall, some with arches and all with impeccably restored millwork surrounds and molded window detail. The great room exposure is quite mesmerizing as it overlooks the Basilica and bucolic gardens of the St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, which wraps all of Prince between Mott and Mulberry. 19th century landmark views and magnificent mature trees set the tone for this one of a kind home. Other noteworthy features of the main living area include a decorative fireplace with marble mantle, original cast iron columns, 300-year-old antique long leaf pine flooring reclaimed from beams in a Louisiana textile mill and three-foot-tall custom wainscot baseboards. There is also a charming windowed sitting area off the great room which can be used as a home office, a gallery wall or a painting nook.
Setback is the home's open and windowed kitchen with a large island, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a large breakfast bar ideal for entertaining. In the rear of the parlor one will find the large master suite with 5 windows facing north, east and south, some of which overlook a giant willow tree behind the building. The master bathroom is crisp and beautifully appointed with a deep soaking tub, a large walk in shower, marble mosaic tiling throughout and two large windows. There is a wall of closets in the master, an antique Italian crystal chandelier and a door that provides direct access to 256 Mott's outdoor mews, which can be utilized by any of the shareholders.
The second bedroom can easily accommodate a queen size bed, has floor to ceiling storage and is directly adjacent to the home's second full bathroom, which is windowed and outfitted in Duravit fixtures, Carrara marble and a shower/tub combo. Additional features of the parlor include a massive walk in closet off the entryway, in-unit washer/dryer, and a private storage unit in the building's lower level.
256 Mott is a masterful work of architecture and the building remains a worthy symbol of the work of the Children's Aid Society, an organization which has helped so many children since its founding in 1853. To call this building home is a privilege for those who have resided here over the years. 256 Mott is a boutique, self-managed co-op consisting of 5 units.