Historic Townhouse

Chaim Gross's sculpture studio, constructed 1963

526 LaGuardia Place

Chaim and Renee Gross purchased 526 LaGuardia Place in 1963, after living and raising their family of two children (artist Mimi Gross and engineer Yehudah Gross) on the Upper West Side for over twenty years. The four-story brick building, located just south of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village in the heart of New York University's campus, was originally a classic 1830s townhouse with a grand late Federal doorway. In the 1880s it was adapted to industrial loft-style usage, with an overlay of neo-Grecian decorations and cast iron loft features. The Grosses converted the building back to residential living, while also adding the sculpture studio on the ground floor.

The studio, which remains as it was during Gross's lifetime, is the only space of its kind in New York City. It was designed by Gross himself, who laid in the intricate wood floor and constructed the dramatic skylight. The studio exhibits major wood and marble carvings spanning sixty years, and is a testament to the life and process of the artist. The studio on the ground floor leads to a permanent installation of Gross's sculpture from the 1920s through the 1980s on the building's first floor. The second floor houses an intimate temporary exhibition space, Library, and Archives, while the third floor remains a semi-private dining/living area featuring a period, Salon-style installation of the Gross's extensive European, American, and African art collections. The Foundation offices occupy the fourth floor.

 

To rent the building for private events or photograph and film shoots, please contact Sasha Davis, Interim Director, at sashadavis@rcgrossfoundation.org or (212) 529-4906.