About the Townhouse

About the Townhouse


Our History

Originally built as a substation by Con Ed in 1926, the space provided power to lower Manhattan for 50-plus years. It was then converted into a warehouse that served as an art gallery for the artists community that dominated Soho in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Only in ’96 did it begin to resemble its current state—after architects transformed the building into a unique residential property. The bones for World of McIntosh (WoM) were laid, and it now thrives as a premier downtown experience showroom.


Our  DNA

The World of McIntosh Townhouse is as much about audio as it is the lifestyle surrounding the audio. We strive to provide guests with a comprehensive sensory experience that showcases McIntosh Group brands’ products at their finest. And so, the 5-story, 12,000 square-foot space is equipped with audio products that represent the ultimate in craftsmanship and integrity—nestled among state-of-the-art furniture and design elements.








Our Fantastic Team

Franz Stuhlpfarrer

-Townhouse Director

Joshua Dellinger

-Experience Director

David Mascioni

-Senior Marketing Manager

Sam Sadowsky

-Digital Marketing




Our Timeline


It has become a prime venue in one of the most trendsetting areas of New York City. Most notably, it is now what we call the World of McIntosh Townhouse: a dedicated audio experience center showcasing the world’s most renowned audio brands.


The building was purchased by a film director, who did a gut renovation turning it into a unique residential property & event location. After 12 years of design and renovations, the current design and layout were completed.


SoHo became a starving artists’ community, and 214 Lafayette served as a multi-purpose art space into the late 1990’s. Neither warehouse nor gallery, but something in between, it allowed famed gallery owner Max Protetch to show work of all sorts and sizes.


It was converted to a warehouse. These warehouses and conversions in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood facilitated interest from artists throughout the city.


Built by Con Ed substation to provide electrical power to NYC. 214 Lafayette distributed power to the subways below the streets of Soho and to surrounding areas. Over the years, these power stations became obsolete. More effective, efficient and economical forms of power distribution became more prevalent.