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Top-floor loft inside the Clocktower asks $1.35M

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Circa-1907 building was once home of the Schmidt Lithograph Corporation

Photos by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of Nina Hatvany of Compass.

So much to adore about the Clocktower in South Beach. The titular clocktower. The history. And the renovated lofts inside the historic property. Take, for example, this top-floor, one-bedroom, two-bathroom condo on the market for $1,350,000.

Measuring approximately 1,300 square feet, 461 2nd Street #C324 comes with brick arched Palladian windows, oak flooring, separate office (which could double as a bedroom space, albeit a windowless one), exposed beams. renovated kitchen with Bosch appliances, and access to a shared rooftop deck.

The listing is through Nina Hatvany of Compass.

Constructed in 1907, the Clocktower building most notably served as the headquarters of the Schmidt Lithograph Corporation, once the largest graphic arts firm on the West Coast, producing California fruit-crate labels. (Company founder Max Schmidt built a rooftop-accessible penthouse so that his company’s professional lithographers could take advantage of the natural light.)

In the 1930s, the city planned on demolishing the tower during Bay Bridge construction. But after Schmidt threatened to move his company out of the city, the clocktower stayed.

Years later, the site underwent massive reconstructive work in 1992 when San Francisco architect David Baker and the McKenzie, Rose, and Halliday firm transformed the building into 127 live/work condos.