Concert Hall Turned Condo Going for $25 Million

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A real estate listing spotted on Sotheby’s (also noticed by Curbed) indicates that Beethoven Hall, a chic condo in a onetime concert hall, is back on the market, this time at an elevated price of $25 million.

Built by German immigrants in 1860, 210 East Fifth Street served as a social hall for performances, community meetings and celebrations. As The Lower East Side History Project noted, it became a primary gathering place for unions, with appearances from high profile leaders like Emma Goldman and William Randolph Hearst. Andrew Berman shared more history in his roundup of buildings that may become part of an East Village-Lower East Side Historic District.

This hall hosted a number of important events including the 1880 funeral for six victims of a fire that broke out at a wedding at nearby Turn Hall; the 1890 meeting of the American Bowling Congress which standardized rules for the game and initiated national competitions; a boxing match between featherweight and local hero Joe “The Pride of the Ghetto” Bernstein and Tommy Daly; and the 1915 formation of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. By the 1940s the building became a television studio and then later, Mother’s Sound Stages, a film studio; episodes of “The Honeymooners” are purported to have been filmed there.

Beethoven Hall is now a residential building with some impressive living spaces. The Times reported on the renovation of its lower floors in 2003, and Gregory Colbert has been living in the third-floor space since 2004. According to Curbed, the artist tried unsuccessfully to sell his condo – which boasts a wood-burning fireplace, chef’s kitchen, solarium, and “high-tech library” with “state-of-the-art work stations” – for $20 million three years ago. This time, he has bumped up the price by $5 million – after all, it’s located in “downtown’s hottest hood where couture reigns along with luxury goods and gourmet eats.”

Check out the listing for more envy-inducing photos.