An 1860's brownstone that had been carved up into multiple studio apartments has been reborn as the single family residence it had always been meant to be.
Brave clients that travel the world for months at a time found themselves yearning for space to display their collections of contemporary art and far-flung antiques.
We restored the Anglo-Italianite exterior of the building bringing back all of its original detailing and grace. The interior was a combination of witty intervention ( the kitchen countertops are made of 4" think marble slabs that once formed the sidewalks around Independence Hall in Philadelphia ) and dedicated restoration ( the 5 floor oval staircase was entirely disassembled and restored to its original design using antique parts sourced from architectural reclamation). The Dining room is meant to be an homage to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's nearby studio, an oft-overlooked artist landmark with hand drawn wallpaper made on site.
This project was published in Elle Decor, March 2014.
All images used with permission from Jonathan Wells.
Construction by Amber Construction & Design
Interior Design by Keith Johnson
Architecture by Dana J. Laudani