Weathermen Bomb Factory Can Be Yours for $11 Million
We're not sure how we didn't notice this before, but the building that housed a clandestine Weather Underground bomb factory, located at 18 West 11th Street, is now on the market for some $11 million. (Thanks to our man Sietsema, for bringing this to our attention!)
The quiet, tree-lined street in the heart of Greenwich Village -- which Mark Twain and Thornton Wilder once called home -- was thrust into international spotlight on March 6, 1970, when an accidental detonation of dynamite killed three Weathermen: Theodore Gold, Diana Oughton, and Terry Robbins. Subsequent F.B.I. reports indicate that had the rest of the dynamite detonated, there would have been enough T.N.T. present to raze the entire block.
Kathy Boudin and Cathlyn Wilkerson, who also spearheaded The Weather Underground's revolutionary activities, survived and immediately fled the scene. They were on the lam for more than 10 years before being captured by cops, according to media accounts of the incident.
At the time, Dustin Hoffman lived next door with his then-wife and daughter. The Times notes that the blast tore a hole through his wall and ruined his desk.
Susan Wager, Henry Fonda's ex, was doing laundry nearby when the building exploded. She ran into the street and saw two soot-covered young women, one of whom was naked, and gave them clothes. These women turned out to be Boudin and Wilkerson.
The Weather Underground, known also as the Weathermen, was a leftist student group which wanted to violently overthrow the U.S. government. The group, an offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society's Revolutionary Youth Movement, bombed government buildings and banks during the late 1960s and early 1970s, protesting perceived American imperialism and advocating for communism.
The listing for the $10,995,000 Corcoran property doesn't go into much detail about this.
Instead, the townhouse is described as a:
"one-of-a-kind home is nestled among a row of seven elegant, brick, Greek Revival townhouses and is located on the best tree-lined, Gold Coast block in Greenwich Village. Originally built by Henry Brevoort Jr. in 1845 as one of four row houses, this home was completely rebuilt in 1978 in a modernist style with angled exterior and large picture windows while retaining a nod to its historical past. Designed around the concept of an open central staircase from which the rooms unfold and flow onto multiple levels, this 5 story single family townhouse boasts 3 bedrooms (4 possible), 3 full baths, 2 half baths, an elevator and dumbwaiter, a private guest suite with a full kitchen and a south facing garden with a 45 year old Japanese Katsura tree. Filled with light from a central skylight, this distinctive home is perfect for entertaining large parties and showcasing cherished works of art."
However, the fact that it was the Weathermen's safehouse might be a selling point.
"It's been received very well by the market," Corcoran agent Paul Kolbusz explained, pointing to the townhouse's past.
It's unclear, however, whether any of this interest is specifically from Weathermen fanboys or fangirls (if said fanboys or fangirls even exist.)
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