[Via Wikipedia Commons]
Apparently the happy new tenant of 190 Bowery — the former Germania Bank here at Spring Street — "will keep all of the building’s historic touches from its marble wash basins to the graffiti covering the lower part of the facade," The Wall Street Journal reports today. (Subscription required for article.)
Per the Journal:
A company made up of agencies representing creative professionals in the industry of luxury and fashion image-making has signed an 11-year lease for almost 30,000 square feet of office space on floors two through six at 190 Bowery.
“We’re a very visual company and all the employees are very visual people,” said Matthew Moneypenny, the chief executive of the yet-to-be-named limited liability company that includes agencies such as image-licensing firm Trunk Archive as well as CLM and Streeters, which represent photographers, hair and makeup artists and set designers. “Companies like ours tend to thrive in places that have a soul and a history.”
Photographer Jay Maisel bought 190 Bowery in 1966 for $102,000. He recently sold it for a reported $55 million.
As for the current state of the building's exterior, we haven't walked by in awhile. How much graffiti and what not is left?
From September 2014...
Previously on EV Grieve:
Take a last look inside the mysterious 190 Bowery