Swanky Condos in a Former Catholic School? Sure, We’ll Bite.

From the architect behind the Ellis Island Immigration Station

By Alex Lauer

 
Swanky Condos in a Former Catholic School? Sure, We’ll Bite.
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11 October 2018

On the spectrum of converted living spaces, we rank JFK’s election HQ and the Riverrun castle from Game of Thrones near the top. On the bottom, probably … old Catholic schools?

Oh, sorry, that’s actually happening at 555 West End Avenue, a pre-war building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that’s reopening as a luxury condominium after spending much of its life as a school run by the Archdiocese of New York, according to Curbed.

While that pedigree by itself may not inspire anyone to shell out $7.9 million (the starting price) for an apartment, a look at the 13 different condos makes a compelling case for the history.

Let’s start with the penthouse, dubbed The Solarium. As Airows notes, the top floor used to house the school’s gymnasium, which is where the living room’s stunning arched glazed wall comes from. In other condos, which range from 3-5 bedrooms, you'll find “details like limestone window bays, filigreed windows, parapets, and carved stone facade elements have been restored,” writes Curbed. And 12-foot ceilings abound.

Catholic Condos (6 images)

For these Old-World, English Collegiate Gothic stylings, you can thank William A. Boring. He’s the architect behind the original building, built in 1908, but you’ll know him — or at least his work — for being a co-creator of the Ellis Island Immigration Station.

Other more modern amenities include a 24-hour attended lobby, well-stocked fitness center, residents’ lounge, Travertine-tiled elevators and — new parents take note — a stroller valet.

Check out the current listings here, read more about its history as the St. Agatha’s School for Girls and St. Agnes Boys’ High School here, then say a little prayer someone doesn't snatch up The Solarium before you.

All images courtesy of Hayes Davidson

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