Billed as ‘the People’s Department Store’ when built in 1910, the Five Double Five building in New York’s Hudson Valley offered a luxurious shopping experience for patrons who crossed its grand threshold. The prominent Art Deco landmark is now for sale for $1.65m.
The building was modelled on the grand retail palaces of Europe and constructed with 28-ft-long horizontal steel beams and an all-glass facade to frame views along Warren Street, up to the Catskill Mountains in the distance. Its clever industrial construction method meant its five floors could be completely column-free, offering unobstructed views across retail areas, and amplifying the feeling of space created by high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass panes.
In total, the department store offers a whopping 8,000 sq ft of space, with a glass-capped atrium at the centre of the building, ringed by decorative balustrades.
Five Double Five is listed via The Lillie K Team at Select Sotheby’s Realty. The Hudson Valley property is marketed as a mixed-use commercial opportunity, suitable for an art gallery, coworking venture, restaurant or new retail space. There’s also potential to create a dramatic loft – subject to planning – that celebrates the building’s industrial and art deco features.