Tour will take a peek at 4 Tribeca lofts

Downtown Express photos by Dusica Sue Malesevic Two of the Tribeca homes that will be on the Oct. 19th tour: 5 Collister St., left, and 140 Franklin St.

Downtown Express photos by Dusica Sue Malesevic
Two of the Tribeca homes that will be on the Oct. 19th tour: 5 Collister St., left, and 140 Franklin St.

The 15th annual Inside Tribeca Loft Tour to benefit Duane Park and Bogardus Plaza will take place on Sun., Oct. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $60 in advance and $65 the day of, but with 400 tickets available, they are often sold out by the event.

The first of the four residences on the tour, 18 Desbrosses St., has 3-bedrooms and natural light pouring in from everywhere — skylights and huge windows.

“The reason we love to work in Tribeca is the light you can get,” said the architect Michael Tower during a press preview of the event. The white walls gave a clean sleek contemporary look to the loft, which also had an outdoor space.

The second stop, 5 Collister St., is a mix of traditional and modern with deep blues, red and oranges in the living room and dining room. Tucked into the white-walled kitchen was a dining nook with a green banquette. The master bedroom has a carpet made of a silk and suede on the walls.

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“This [room] was all about texture,” said Sara Gilbane, the designer. Kids rooms were joyful with color and flowers. The outside area was a green oasis and designed by Lauren E. Loscialo.

Columns reminiscent of an ancient structure pepper the palatial space of the third loft, with a huge open area that encompasses a kitchen, living room, dining room, and banquette nook at 140 Franklin St. The six-bedroom apartment also had an office and a karaoke room.

“We liberated the theater,” said Mitchell Owen, the designer, who explained that the former owners had used part of the space as a personal home theater.

The last stop on the tour at Duane St. is the home of artist and designer Deborah French. The style draws on French’s travels, and is influenced by cultures from Africa to Italy to Uzbekistan to Morocco. The inviting soft gold low couch was strewn with vibrant red, blue and flowered cushions. Sculptures, one female, one Egyptian looked over the electric apartment.

Visit www.duanepark.org for tickets and information about the tour.

— Dusica Sue Malesevic

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