Knickerbocker Lofts, New Rochelle, NY

The building’s exterior shell, floors, beams and columns remain intact throughout 45 industrial-chic live/work spaces.

Former Life: In the late 19th century, Manhattan publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons commissioned a printing facility in New Rochelle for its Knickerbocker Press division. The brick factory churned out books for 50 years before it closed. Manufacturer American White Cross Laboratories then took over, making gauze and bandages there until 1995. The handsome Dutch Colonial Revival factory, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, stood empty for years.

New Life: In the 1980s and ‘90s, parts of the building were used for artists’ workspaces. In 2007, Ginsburg Development Companies, in partnership with Urban Green Builders, converted the building to 45 work/live units ranging from 660 to 2,145 square feet. They kept the exterior shell as well as floors, beams, and columns. Fourteen-foot ceilings add to the distressed, industrial-chic look.

Amenities: Club room with fireplace and a rooftop terrace, custom kitchen cabinets, laundry room, 24-hour virtual concierge service, and security.

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To Rent: $2,000-$4,500/month. To Buy: $299,000-$800,000.

photo by Rory McNish

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