Loft Peeping: 260 West Broadway penthouse

Maybe it gets old having your own stained-glass oculus in your (other) living room? Because no one seems to stay in this apartment for long. The building was converted to condos in the ’80s, but the oldest city finance records go back to 2004, where there’s a mortgage for $2.5 million. Then there’s a deed in 2006 for $7.35 million, and another in 2013 for $11.5 million. It’s now yours for $14.8.

The selling point is clearly the proximity to Nancy Whiskey, but the listing also makes a mention of the 28-foot-diameter oak-paneled rotunda with a 25-foot domed ceiling and stained-glass oculus. Other details include original mosaic tiled floors from 1896 and a concealed wet bar (see photo of that baby). The rotunda originally served as the dining room for members of the New-York Wool Exchange, the original tenant for 260 West Broadway, and you know wool brokers, those guys can party.

This iteration is by Thomas O’Brien of Aero Studios, who designed floor-to-ceiling linen and glass paneled accordion doors in the kitchen that open onto the living room. There is a lot of marble. And I was really tempted to add a picture of the peeling seam tape in the corner of my living room to accompany the molding shot below.

Designed by William B. Tubby in the Renaissance revival style, the building was built by the New York Wool Warehouse Company as the wool exchange in 1896 and is a part of the National Register of Historic Places.