In my 10 years in New York I lived below Canal Street, first in TriBeCa then on Walker Street in Chinatown. Both these locations meant weekly if not daily trips in & through SoHo. Although this often lead to some serious propping & shopping, it also meant I passed the corner building of 101 Spring Street and I am embarrassed to say this March was my first visit to the Donald Judd Foundation.
Housed in a 5 story building which was once a textile warehouse on the corner of Spring & Mercer Streets, a marvelous example of a cast iron building that SoHo is most loved for. It was purchased by Judd in 1968 and he carefully & considerately touched each floor through soft renovations & new ideas of permanent installation & living with art.
As a corner building, each room is wrapped in huge windows of old ripply glass that invites both the natural light & cityscape in. You are lead through each floor by a knowledgeable guide & curator that gives you plenty of time to admire, absorb & take notes (no photos).
Judd was leading a modern art movement that effortlessly translated into spatial & interior design. He most definitely pioneered the NY loft & open plan living craze. This is an uncluttered house that has the luxury of space & each floor barely has one wall, full of artwork that he traded with his contemporaries with building & fit out details inspired by Japan and even the kitchen equipment stores that lined the Bowery.
Be sure to book well in advance, I mean weeks, to avoid disappointment & you will definitely leave wanting to visit again.