Born a furniture warehouse, 67-69 Belcher was destined to be demolished and redeveloped (into condos) in the early 1980’s. Instead, artist Spaulding Taylor and partner acquired the Duboce Triangle property converting half into a one of kind residence designed by architect Ira Kurlander and Johnathan Straley (67 Belcher), and the other half into 10,000+ square feet of gallery space and art studios (69 Belcher).
The residence consists of over 4,000 square feet of interior living space; an additional 1,400 square feet of outdoor courtyards, gardens and terraces; and a 2,900 square foot private art studio (which can be accessed through a hidden door in the walk-though master closet). Ceiling height reaches to 22 feet in the main room and a wall of windows and glass doors floods the space with natural light. And while technically a two bedroom, for all intents and purposes it’s one dramatic master loft with a guest suite (including full bathroom, fireplace, and garden) and office (with Moorish courtyard) to the side.
The modern concrete, steel and wood kitchen (with two ranges, ovens, dishwashers and sinks) stands the test of time (although we’d expect a buyer to replace the “retro” appliances post haste). And the Taylor designed table on wheels (which we’ll assume is part of the offering) can be split in two and each half independently raised or lowered.
And of course, there’s that master bathroom which features a pair of nickel silver basins set in slab of green glass and supported by stainless steel piping; a skylight, and two open showers in a room that doesn’t matter what gets wet (“walls are coated with a pristine white waterproof epoxy and the floors with Deco-Rez, an epoxy and sand mix”).
And while very few will be able to afford it (asking $6,900,000 for both buildings), as least you get to know what’s behind those ivy covered walls. And perhaps you’ll find some inspiration for a project of your own.