212 Fifth Avenue, south of the Empire State Building and across the street from historic Madison Square Park, is a landmark in its own right. Its luxury condominiums are a throwback to the era when the traditional suddenly became modern: carriages gave way to cars; the Armory Show stunned the art world with works by Duchamp and Degas; and the Woolworth Building opened in New York City. Today, the NoMad condos at 212 Fifth Avenue speak to this rich New York past but keep residents in the here-and-now.
One architectural standby from that early 1900s moment—the six-room apartment known as a “Classic 6”—was the coveted layout du jour, generally designed with a spacious and livable two bedrooms, kitchen, formal dining room, and living room, plus a smaller bedroom known as the “maid’s room.” Today, savvy apartment hunters still seek out the gracious living of a “Classic 6”, and the developers of 212 Fifth Avenue pay homage to it not with a “maid’s room”, but instead with available “convenience” apartments that can serve multiple, contemporary purposes.
So while buyers of these stunning Pembrooke & Ives-designed NoMad condos may not have full-time live-in staff, there are plenty of ways they can utilize this old-world staple of residential real estate.
The most natural conversion for this smaller bedroom is as a guest room for when out-of-town visitors stop by, perhaps to see the latest Armory Art show or the newest art installation in Madison Square Park. The space, which is usually detached from the rest of the apartment, also gives guests much-appreciated extra privacy, while making it convenient and comfortable for hosts to keep up with their own daily activities.
On days when you don’t have to go into the office (or can sneak out earlier for an evening at home), a designated workspace means avoiding laptop burns on your legs from working on the sofa or saving yourself from being sidetracked by the bustle (or Netflix) in the living room.
Mediation/ Yoga Studio
There’s no place like “om” for the dedicated yogi. If you need a place to get away from the daily grind, you can install low-watt light bulbs, set tatami mats on the floor and a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door, and convert the “maid’s room” into a meditation room.
If the kitchen counter is getting too cluttered with your arts-and-crafts projects, or you’re looking for a quiet space to build model ships or try your hand at a home brew, convert the maid’s room to a dedicated hobby room, crafting space, studio, mad laboratory, or display area for your latest creations.
Additional Walk-In Closet
If your clothes are bursting from your apartment’s already ample closets, you’ll be relieved that with a few simple adjustments, the “maid’s room” can easily be converted into general storage or additional closet space.