The building remained commercial until the mid-1970s, when it began to welcome artists into its spaces as residents. By 1989, it was converted into a co-op. In its last years of commercial use, the building was severely neglected and much of the original features began to decay. Its mansard roof, built in the style of the Second Empire, leaked and the original clock face in the center dormer was long gone. Eventually the new tenant-owners managed to have a replacement installed.