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James Rosenquist’s Lower Manhattan Home for Sale at $14.5 M.

James Rosenquist’s former home.

COURTESY SOTHEBY’S

The home of James Rosenquist, the noted Pop artist who passed away last year at age 83, has been listed for sale through Sotheby’s for  $14.5 million. The townhouse in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of TriBeCa comes with five bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, and all the spirit of Pop art that money can buy. Rosenquist purchased the 10,020-square-foot building at 162 Chambers Street in 1977 for $120,000, according to his New York Times obituary. He converted the first floor into his full-time studio space. The artist and his family used the other four floors as living quarters, along with a basement for storage space and a rooftop terrace.

Today, the building is listed as a three-family building with potential for conversion into mixed-use development or condominiums. But in browsing through photos as the building was used by Rosenquist, it’s nice to daydream of a Manhattan where artists could occupy a spacious, light-filled live/work space in the thick of downtown. Check out the listing here.

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