“With this project, we are preserving history and the environment. We’re setting an example of the power we all hold in deciding how to live,” says Veronica Mainetti, President of Sorgente Group of America, as she gazes out of a window framed with reclaimed English wood at 60 White Street. Not many developments are worthy of a feature-length documentary, but the restoration of an 1869 Tribeca loft building and the determined builder who fought for its sustainable future, are wholly deserving.
Approximately 80 per cent of the materials used in the redevelopment were part of the existing structure. The rest of the finishes were locally sourced — slate tiles from upstate New York, marble countertops from a quarry in Vermont, bath and plumbing fixtures from a factory in eastern Wisconsin. Upon its completion, 60 White Street will house eight units, including two penthouses with salvaged wood paneling from old water towers.
The east-facing two story penthouse, while currently under contract, features three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Its 11 foot tall windows are tripled-paned and allow for abundant natural light. The kitchen is outfitted with state-of-the-art Wolf appliances, including a steam oven, browning oven and wine fridge. There is heated flooring in all the rooms of the penthouse to accommodate the soaring ceiling height. The residence also boasts two private terraces — one with an outdoor kitchen for entertaining and the other off of the elegant master bedroom. Sixty White Street has borne witness to a lot of history over the years, and now it’s creating some of its own by setting a new standard in sustainable building.
Location: Tribeca, New York City
Development: 60 White Street
Developer: Sorgente Group of America
Highlight: The building’s architectural character.