Cast Iron House Hayes Davidson

Rendering: Hayes Davidson via NYT

Tribeca’s 67 Franklin Street, redesigned by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, has finally emerged from its landmarks-approved cocoon like a beautiful cast-iron butterfly.

The official name? Cast Iron House. The 1880s building will be blessed with a white metal penthouse addition, as revealed in renderings in the New York Times.

Developer Jourdan Krauss, president of Knightsbridge Properties, purchased the property (formerly 361 Broadway) in 2002. After the tenants’ leases expired in 2008, he spent three years renovating the facade, a process that included restoring 4,000 pieces of ornamental cast iron.

The lower levels of the nine-story, 13-unit conversion will have 11 duplex apartments, ranging from a 2,850-square-foot three-bedroom to a 4,890-square-foot five-bedroom. The residences will have double-height living rooms with ceilings of 17 to 25 feet.

Meanwhile, the two penthouses will feature “telescoping glass walls that seamlessly blur the separation between inside and out” (thanks, Corcoran). This wizardry is due to the Vierendeel truss, a cantilever that allows the glass exterior doors to be completely opened. One penthouse will have four bedrooms and measure 3,800 square feet, while the other will boast five bedrooms and 4,560 square feet. The asking prices will be in the high $12 million to $15 million range, the Times reported.

Amenities will include a doorman, common courtyard, gym, package room, children’s playroom, recreation room and private storage.

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