Former Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold Lehman Lists Stylish Brooklyn Home

Boasting iconic views of the NYC skyline, a beautiful Brooklyn condo in a historic building has just hit the market.

Set in the charming neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, the home is located in one of the first loft-style apartment buildings in the area, one with a long history of commercial use and subsequent residential use.

Located at 75 Livingston Street, the swanky suite designed by famed architect Henry Smith-Miller has been listed at $4.65 million by its famous — and art-savvy — owner.

Let’s take a look inside the historic building and the showstopping suite owned by notable Brooklyn couple, Arnold and Pam Lehman. 

History behind the luxurious landmarked coop

Landmarked in 2011, 75 Livingston Street was built by architect Abraham J. Simberg in 1926.

Also known as the Court Chambers Building, or the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Building, the 30-story tower is now an unmistakable residential cooperative located in downtown Brooklyn, NY. 

Exterior façade of 75 Livingston Street building in Brooklyn, New York.
Exterior façade of 75 Livingston Street in Brooklyn, New York. Photo credit: GrissJr, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In the past, the building was called the Court-Livingston due to its alternate street address of 66 Court Street. Originally built as an office tower, the structure was converted into co-op apartments in 1981. 

Now, the 30-story building is a full-service landmarked housing co-op offering a 24/7 doorman, live-in super and porters.

The residence was the longtime home of art-loving couple Pam and Arnold Lehman

The sellers of the gorgeous Brooklyn Heights home are a well-known Brooklyn couple, Arnold and Pam Lehman. 

Photo credit: Joel Pitra at DDReps

Brooklyn native Arnold Lehman was the director of the Brooklyn Museum for almost 18 years. He also formerly led the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Following his retirement from the Brooklyn Museum, he became senior adviser to the Phillips auction house located in New York City, London and Hong Kong.

He recently published a book titled Sensation, centered on the controversy that swept the Brooklyn Museum in 1999 after an exhibit displayed Chris Ofili’s The Holy Virgin Mary painting.

Pam was the administrator for the Kornfeld Foundation which has been involved in medical research, palliative care and literacy in New York City schools.

While the couple hasn’t publicly shared their reasons for parting ways with their Brooklyn Heights home, we suspect their massive art collection has something to do with it.

Avid collectors of contemporary art, the Lehmans have filled up their Brooklyn pad (as well as a house they had in Maine and other apartment in Miami, per a NY Times profile published in 2017) with unique works.

To name just a few of the notable art pieces that line the walls of the couple’s elegant Brooklyn home, pictured above: Kehinde Wiley’s large sidesaddle portrait, The Capture of Juliers (2006); Fernando Mastrangelo’s sculpture Brazil, in coffee, sugar and wood (2007); and Barbara Kruger’s lenticular photograph Have Me Feed Me Hug Me Love Me Need Me (1988).

A look inside the swanky suite

Listed just under five million, this contemporary gem has been highlighted in several design articles, including in the New York Times.

Spanning 3,000 square feet, the luxury condo offers three bedrooms and three baths.

Photo credit: Joel Pitra at DDReps
Photo credit: Joel Pitra at DDReps

Designed by noted architect Henry Smith-Miller, natural light bursts through the suite’s 30 oversized tilt-turn windows. 

Accessed by three private-keyed elevators, the home features a separate den and two study areas offering additional layout flexibility.

luxury den with art and picture windows with city views
Photo credit: Joel Pitra at DDReps
study with contemporary design and city views
Photo credit: Joel Pitra at DDReps

Including a sweeping entertaining space with a 35-foot open living/dining room and an impressive steel-walled 30-foot entrance gallery, the picture-perfect views stretch across Brooklyn Bridge Park and the harbor to the Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan, Governors Island and beyond.

Photo credit: Joel Pitra at DDReps

The kitchen offers chic stainless steel cabinetry with a Viking stove, Bosch dishwasher, and separate full-size Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer.

luxury stainless steel kitchen
Photo credit: Joel Pitra at DDReps

The private and panoramic outdoor space is highlighted by two terraces offering beautiful backdrops and sunrise-to-sunset views.

terrace at 75 Livingston street
Photo credit: Joel Pitra at DDReps
terrace at 75 Livingston street
Photo credit: Joel Pitra at DDReps

With its truly a one-of-a-kind skyscraper design located near all the services and transportation, the luxurious Brooklyn Heights condo is listed by Sandra Cordoba of Compass.

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