building history

In the mid 1870s, a branch of Princeton Lumber, the original Asbury Lumber Yard, was built on this site. The current structure (circa 1890) served as a lumber yard as well and was serviced by the Central Jersey Railroad. This historic building has seen many incarnations since that time. When we purchased the property it operated as a shop for several craftsmen and housed the warehouse, factory and offices of Henry Vaccaro. Henry had business relationships with a host of famous and infamous people including Michael Jackson. Within Henry’s warehouse (approximately 10,000 square feet) was a phenomenal collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia including the White Gloves, Gold records, stage outfits, handwritten lyrics, photographs and unrecorded songs.

building description

Well over a century old, this brick and site-cast structure, is a tribute to the craftsmanship of the era. The solid brick walls are plumb and straight and the site-cast concrete floors and ceilings are level and look as pure and true as the day they were cast. We have retained the original structure with all of its architectural uniqueness and grandeur including the arches, corbelled brick frieze, vaulted ceilings, massive columns and beams. In cases of past modifications which were not in character with the building, we worked very hard to restore the original context of the building. The revisions necessary to convert The LOFTS from a factory/warehouse into residential condominiums serve to enhance the original architectural style and charm, while incorporating all of the modern amenities. The achieved results are aesthetically stunning, sophisticated, inviting and extraordinary LOFT living spaces.