By Carter B. Horsley
This large, red-brick building
was erected in 1915 as a stable for the city's very impressive
Beaux-Arts style Police Headquarters Building nearby on Center
Street that eventually was converted to apartments.
Beginning in 1927, this building
was known as the Grand Machinery Exchange because it became a
warehouse for used manufacturing equipment.
In 2007, Max Protech, the well-known
dealer in architectural drawings, announced that he and Andreas
Veith, the former CEO of Hypo Real Estate International, would
convert this building to 14 residential condominiums. The building,
which is known as the Machinery Exchange, has a 136 Baxter Street
address and a 209 Hester Street address. It is one block north
of Canal Street.
Mark Dubois, a partner in Ohlausen
Dubois Architects, and Ed Rawlings are the architects for the
project. Mr. Dubois had designed a house in Santa Fe for some
friends of Mr. Protech.
The design will leave the exterior
as is with its faded painted name. Apartments will have 11 to
13-foot high, golden pine ceilings and exposed brick walls. Kitchens
have Valcucine brushed aluminum cabinetry, Bianco Luna countertops,
Miele ranges and ovens, and Sub-Zero refrigerators.
A penthouse level has been
added to the original building.