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Live Where They Lived



Isamu Noguchi
Where: 52 West 10th Street.
What: A four-bedroom, two-bath circa-1830 brick house with a terrace and a garden.
Asking price: $13.45 million.
Agents: Matthew Pravda, Christopher L. Riccio, and Jed Garfield, Leslie J. Garfield Real Estate.

This Federal-style carriage house was converted to artist studios in 1923, most likely to lure the creative types descending upon Greenwich Village at the time. (The Tenth Street Studios across the street housed Winslow Homer and William Merritt Chase.) Beaux Arts sculptor and painter Frederick McMonnies lived here; Concetta Scaravaglione, also a sculptor, followed. Then came another sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, who set up shop between 1939 and 1940. Not much is known about the time he spent here, save for a few letters addressed to him that are now archived at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City. Vanina Goodman Pinney, who grew up in the building with her sister, says their parents, Barbara and Norman, were artists themselves and bought the house in the late forties. Goodman Pinney recalls that her mother, who recently passed away, didn’t know of the Noguchi stint until about a decade ago. “They were thrilled to be a part of what the Village was back then in some way,” she says.


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