Finding an apartment in NYC is hard. Finding a real gem with some history? Pretty much only possible if you have millions to throw down. But, it doesn’t hurt to look. So we've teamed up with our real estate BroboCops at 6sqft to round up a ton of glorious homes that had former lives as clubs, stables, places of worship, and other cool stuff that you can ogle and dream about, and hopefully someday move into (but moreso the ogle/dream thing).
What it used to be: Beethoven Hall, Mother’s Sound Stages, New York Kunsthalle
What it is now: Condo at 210 E 5th St
When the East Village was considered Kleindeutschland, Beethoven Hall used to be the Grand Prospect Hall (where all your dreams come true!) for weddings, dances, and political meetings. In the '80s it had a stint as the home for a film studio called Mother’s Sound Stages, but after a fire destroyed the upper half of the building, it was bought up and turned into New York Kunsthalle (“art hall”). The new hall was used to showcase the works of emerging and unknown artists and the upper floors were then converted to living and studio space for artists. Gregory Colbert, one of the photographers living in the building, bought his 6,785sqft apartment that included Beethoven Hall in 2004 but then sold it in 2012.