Swedish Photography Organization Takes Entirety of Aby Rosen’s 281 PAS



Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty has reportedly signed Swedish contemporary photography organization Fotografiska to a lease for all 45,000 square feet at the landlord’s 281 Park Avenue South office building.

SEE ALSO: CVS Re-Ups Lease at RFR’s Yorkville Retail Condo

The Stockholm-based organization has agreed to take the entire historic six-story property at the corner of East 22nd Street near Gramercy Park, according to The Real Deal. The location will likely be Fotografiska’s first outside of Sweden, according to TRD, which reported that the organization’s space will also include a restaurant.

Representatives for RFR declined to comment to Commercial Observer. A spokesman for JLL, which handles leasing on behalf of the landlord, did not immediately provide comment.

RFR’s asking rent for the space was around $100 per square foot, TRD reported, down from $125 per square foot two years ago.

Rosen’s firm acquired 281 Park Avenue South from the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies for $50 million in December 2014 and reportedly set about positioning the 19th century former church building as a single-tenant office building. But the building has sat mostly vacant and without any major tenants since the RFR acquisition, according to CoStar Group data.

Fotografiska’s center for contemporary photography in Stockholm has displayed work from artists including Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe and Gus Van Sant.