July 14, 2006
The Oriental Warehouse (650 Delancey)
The Oriental Warehouse was originally built by The Pacific Mail Steamship Company in 1867 to act as a distribution point for imported coffee, tea, rice, and silk. 129 years later, a completely new structure architected by Fisher Friedman was constructed within the original brick envelope to transform the derelict warehouse into 66 residential lofts. (A bit of trivia: the new building is inset from the brick exterior walls by 15 feet with interior walkways running between the two.)
The 66 lofts range in size from 1,350 to 1,800 square feet and feature “open floor plans, 18-foot ceilings, exposed brick and wooden beams.” Needless to say, we’re fans. And we’re happy to report that one of the lofts (#424) recently hit the market.
First Published: July 14, 2006 12:15 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
You like this place? I looked at one unit on the top floor corner, and it was still dark and gloomy. The light barely gets in around the old brick walls and a couple of pathetic skylights are not enough to make up the difference. If you enjoy living in basements, the Oriental is perfect for you.
Posted by: jwb at July 14, 2006 2:03 PM
Just an FYI the price of unit# 424 at the Oriental Warehouse is $959,000. You can find similar lofts at www.thesfconnection.net
Posted by: james at February 2, 2007 10:13 PM
Agree w/ JWB. Rented a unit in the Oriental Warehouse for a year and felt like a hamster living in a shoebox -- the lofts there are really dark and claustrophobic with barely any natural light making its way in.
Posted by: TWA at March 7, 2009 1:46 PM