Heads up Art History lovers: Andy Warhol’s very first studio, located in New York’s Upper East Side, is now on the market.
Before Warhol dominated New York City with a visual art movement known as pop art, he lived in a townhouse near 89th and Lexington Avenue with his mother. After a few years, his art took off, and he found himself in need of a new home for his Campbell’s soup cans and Brillo boxes. Following a friend’s tip, Warhol found an empty firehouse on 87th Street and wrote a letter to the city seeking a lease.
For $150 a month, the two-story firehouse, with no heat or running water, became Warhol’s first official art studio. It is said that Warhol created his famous “Death and Disaster” series here from 1962-1963. Now, more than five decades later, the space is newly listed for $9,975,000.
Built in 1910, Cushman & Wakefield hold the 5,000-square-foot listing, describing it as “a unique opportunity that offers a developer a blank canvas to create boutique condominiums, a mixed-use rental or a luxury townhouse on a site that is both rich in history and conveniently located for transportation.”
Its future owners can revel in their new location; it’s just a short walk to the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a couple of blocks away from one of the most visited urban parks in the U.S.–Central Park.
This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for top real estate tips and trends.