It’s more than slightly ironic that downtown’s baroque beauty at 240 Centre Street, better known the police building, was for years the headquarters of New York’s finest. The ornate details bespeak a refined artistic sensibility not often associated with the quite disparate art of policing. Converted into a cooperative in 1978, the building has attracted its aesthetic ilk, with figures like Colombian painter Ana Mercedes Hoyos calling it home. Alas, it looks like the police building will need to find new artistic inspiration as Ms. Hoyos and her husband, architect Jacques Mosseri, have just sold their place. The two-bedroom, three bath duplex originally hit the market with a $4.78 million asking price back in 2007. The listing was pulled in late 2007, and didn’t resurface until June 2010 with a $3.95 million ask. Repeatedly price-chopped, the final price-tag was $3.1 million as of this past September. The buyer, apparently deal savvy, ended up paying just $2.6 million for the place.
The buyer is listed as Sebastien Gobbi who owns another smaller unit in building, a one bedroom duplex which he purchased in 2008 for 1.2 million. Duplex plus duplex equals… quadroplex? It’s unclear, however, if he will combine the two as the brokers refused to comment citing a strict confidentiality agreement on behalf of Mr. Gobbi. International man of police building mystery!
In their listing, Stribling brokers Cecilia Serrano and Hala Lawrence extol the landmarked building. “Be awed by its impressive dome,” they write. We love us an impressive dome!
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