The historic Franklin Square building on Exchange Street has a storied history as the home of multiple retailers, including the former Montgomery Ward retail chain.
Now the 40,000-square-foot site is home to seven high-end apartments that its developers believe are unique to downtown Geneva.
On Friday and Saturday, the public will get a chance to view these luxury dwellings, created by building owners Mark Varvayanis and his wife, Susi, of Dryden. They own a farm in Dryden and also are real estate investors who put a premium on preservation. Their own home dates back to 1803.
The seven apartments (one is taken) are priced from $700 for an efficiency unit to $2,500 for one that features 161⁄2-foot ceilings and windows that provide spectacular views of the city’s bustling Exchange and Seneca streets. Each has laundry facilities cleverly tucked into spaces.