Life in a Victorian-era Brownstone
This Victorian-era brownstone is deeply appreciated by its owners for its fine craftsmanship and age.On this project, a 19th-century brownstone in a historic district, she collaborated with clients raised in northern Europe.The original kitchen was, of course, long gone; a servants’ area, it would have been located in the rear of the ground floor.All reasons to forego any attempt at historical conjecture, Mariotti explains, and instead indulge the desire for a minimalist design.Oddly enough, the exterior of the kitchen extension looks historic, despite being new.
A Stunning Photographic Timeline of New York City's Iconic
Ultimately, the book inspired renewed interest in the historic row houses across Manhattan and Brooklyn, and even served as reference material for many row houses’ renovations.In 2003, a revised and expanded version of the book was published by Rizzoli, and today Bricks & Brownstone is getting a third renovation.Here, get a sneak peek of 10 different architectural styles of New York row houses as discussed in the book.In the decades after the Revolutionary War, New York experienced a population (and economic) boom, which led to the building of numerous row homes.“The pervasive British influence in American architecture in the late 18th and early 19th centuries confirmed that the Revolutionary War had been a political, not cultural, revolution,” writes Ciccone.
NYC Brownstone Renovation Specialists: A Highlight of MSA's work
Jun 18, 2019NYC Brownstone Renovation Specialists: A Highlight of MSA’s work in Manhattan and BrooklynOver the years, Murdock Solon Architects has developed a strong specialty in brownstone renovation in Manhattan and Brooklyn.MSA’s brownstone renovation experience ranges from full gut renovations to single apartment updates to penthouse rooftop additions.Brownstone Renovation ConsiderationsFor many new NYC brownstone owners, vertical living can be a mindset shift.In our Brooklyn Brownstone project, glass doors and walls were created to showcase the stunning backyard and to create an open-air concept.Brooklyn BrownstoneOriginally a three-family residence, the Brooklyn Brownstone project consisted of a conversion into a single-family home.
Beautifully Maintained Brooklyn Home Hits all the Marks
Townhouses should be as thicc as possible, and this Brooklyn Heights beauty is a very generous 25 feet wide.It’s four stories, with the garden level currently rented as a dentist’s office, and offers seven bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms in 5,500 square feet.(A functional stoop is also important in a brownstone, meaning a brownstone with a stoop is better than one without.)Below the garden level is a dry basement with plenty of room for storage.Brooklyn Heights is a lovely neighborhood—a lot like Manhattan’s Upper East Side, with fantastic shops and restaurants and tons of old brownstones.
NYC Brownstone History: How Brownstones Became So Popular
For New York City dwellers, few things evoke the dream of upward mobility quite like the brownstone townhouse.Where NYC Brownstone Came FromLet’s start with a common misconception: only a small part of a brownstone townhouse or rowhouse is built of actual brownstone.What most people call a “brownstone” is actually a townhouse built with brick, with an added veneer of brownstone.As a building material, brownstone is unreliable: it’s soft, close-grained, liable to crack and crumble.It was to avoid the sea of animal waste that was the 18th century New York City street.
Restored Brooklyn Brownstone House With Fresh Contemporary
Located on a tree-lined street in the heart of Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, New York, this historic brownstone house underwent a complete renovation and restoration by Buck Projects.The makeover gives the home a fresh modern look while maintaining the late-1800’s Italianate detailing.Read more about buying a brownstone in NYC
The Lasting Appeal of New York's Brownstones
Leslie Lalehzar – Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan BrokerageThe Anglo-Italianate style of this midtown masterpiece was meticulously preserved when the building was recently repaired and refreshed.Rare Relics on the Upper West SideBrownstones weren’t just altered in renovations.This is when the Upper East Side lost most of its brownstones—but they survived on the Upper West.Roberta Golubock – Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan BrokerageUnlike the many brownstones that were divided into separate apartments during the 20th century, this magnificent townhouse from 1889 has always remained a single-family residence.It showcases the Queen Anne and Neo-Renaissance styles associated with the later Upper West Side brownstones, with woodwork and molding seldom seen in contemporary homes.
New York Brownstone by Elizabeth Roberts Architects
We came across this Elizabeth Roberts Architects designed New York Brownstone while slavishly trawling through the NYC Real Estate sites looking for something that was not only for sale, but also beautifully designed.For the most part, apartments and condo’s for sale in the city are bland at best and garish at worst when it comes to inspecting for Open House.The home is situated on quaint Bergen Street in Park Slope and was recently gutted for a full renovation led by the design team at Elizabeth Roberts Architects.All walls, including structural ones, were removed from the parlor level to create a completely open plan for the kitchen, dining and living rooms.The hardwood chairs that surround the dining room table and the mid-century-modern light fixture above provide a nice contrast to traditional elements like the marble fireplace.
Traditional Brownstone In Brooklyn Heights With Contemporary
Located at 314 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, New York, this beautiful home with Brownstone architecture was newly constructed in keeping with the traditional style.The elegant contemporary interior decor makes the home a modern but traditionally detailed space.This elegant home on a tree-lined street in Willowtown is a perfect blend of 19th century architecture and 21st century construction and interior design.Via: Zillow
Preserving an 1890 Brownstone
The first owner–occupants were the Schweers family, who moved in during the spring of 1890 and remained in residence for 75 years.Yet, when it was built as part of a speculative row, in 1890, it was not as a millionaire’s house.I reused the doors and the trim to create two closets in the family room.ResourcesBrownstoner Brooklyn/NYC real estate, interiors, referrals, events, newsletter, podcastsgaslights Allen’s Antique Lighting Fine antique lighting ca.1840–1920, American & European, in all Victorian styles; antique shadesAppleton Antique Lighting Antique lighting including gaslight eraC. Neri Antiques Antique astral, argand, sinumbra, student lampsHouse of Antique Hardware Victorian reproductions (sconces, pendants, chandeliers)King’s Chandelier Co. Victorian gaslight reproduction chandeliers & sconces, crystal fixturesRejuvenation Several simple reproduction designs, also antique lighting, mostly from 1900 & laterVictorian Lighting Works Authentic reproductions in many sizes & configurationsVintage Hardware & Lighting Antique & reproduction period lighting with a wide selection
Tour a Greek Revival Townhouse With Traditional and Midcentury
Like doctors, lawyers, and good therapists, an interior designer is an enviable friend to have.“Envisioning a finished space doesn’t come naturally to me,” the homeowner says, “but with Jessica’s insight even I could feel what was possible.Marble countertops, brass fixtures, subdued zellige tiles, and a Lacanche range underscore the house’s traditional feel in the kitchen, which was designed by Roberts’s team under the supervision of project manager Josh Lekwa.“They wanted a warm, unfussy home with beautiful period details—and good water pressure,” says Roberts.So she and her team embarked on a three-year gut renovation whose scope seemed to balloon with every inspection.
What is a Brownstone? Pros, Cons, and Everything You Need to Know
In other words, a townhouse can be a brownstone but a brownstone is now always a townhouse.Pros and Cons of BrownstoneIf you're considering renting or even buying a brownstone, here’s what to expect when you snag a coveted unit.Many modern brownstones owners rent out their additional units, meaning that your landlord could be directly above or below you.Italianate features—think tall windows, dramatic doorways, and palatial ceilings—were popular in the time of early brownstone townhouse design.Pro: Classic City LivingAt the end of the day, living in a traditional brownstone townhouse simply can't be beat for city lovers.
Best Pro Tips on How to Arrange Furniture in a Brownstone
Figuring out the best layout and furniture placement in the long, narrow parlor of a traditional brownstone or townhouse can be perplexing, even for the most design-savvy homeowner.The parlor level often serves as the kitchen, dining room and main living area, and the layout may be further complicated (or enhanced) by the location of fireplaces or a pier mirror.If the parlor level functions as the kitchen, living and dining area, then most people prefer to place the living area near the front windows.The bench provides additional seating for the living room or a spot for an after-dinner cocktail in the dining area.“The layout is most affected if the front parlor needs to serve as both living and dining space,” Fearins said.
This Brooklyn brownstone produces more energy than it consumes
The result is a modern, airy and warm two-family building—there’s a rental unit on the garden level—that produces more electricity than it consumes.The benefits of passive house designWhile this was CO Adaptive’s first passive house project, it wasn’t Mandl’s.“Then it was renovated to the passive house standard by my father,” she says.“So those are kept to a minimum.”What makes an existing building a good candidate for a passive house retrofit?“The air tightness is really what gets a passive house that extra level of comfort and operational savings,” notes Mandl.
Interior Design Ideas: Brownstone Details
He’s so conversant in the home’s history and construction, it’s surprising to learn he’s an art director and not an architect or historian.“This space was where things happened,” he says of his living room.He points out the interior hinge of the door that separates the living room from the foyer (one which he hastens to point out was salvaged from a nearby, nearly identical home).He’s chosen furnishings and flourishes that feel of a piece with the rooms, but these are the things he loves, the things he’s long been drawn to collect.And he hasn’t slavishly decorated to re-create a single, arbitrarily chosen year in the home’s long history.
125-Year-Old Brooklyn Brownstone House Needs Restoration
The bookcases are still there, as well as the original hardwood floors with inlaid borders and tall baseboards.The house hasn’t changed hands since 1970, so significant upgrades are needed to the kitchen, baths, and yard to make this diamond shine again.Legally a two-family building but currently configured as a single-family home, the 3,638-square-foot townhouse has four bedrooms and two baths, plus a powder room.(Imagine the back wall being replaced with French doors that allow the room to spill easily out to the backyard.)The third floor houses two spacious bedrooms and a hall bathroom with a beautiful stained-glass door and stained-glass window.
Brilliant renovation of a five-story New York City townhouse
This five-story New York City townhouse features a grand appeal thanks to a contemporary renovation led by Elizabeth Roberts Design along with MADE Architecture.Prior to the renovation, this sandstone townhouse has been kept in the same family for over a century!Design-build studio MADE Architecture carried out the architectural renovation of the townhouse, while Elizabeth Roberts Design assisted the homeowners with selecting the finishes and furnishings.What We Love: This New York City townhouse showcases modern updates while preserving historical charm.RELATED: Contemporary townhouse in New York features loft-like aestheticRELATED: Renovated New York City artists loft by Ensemble ArchitectureAbove: The coolness of the green subway tiles are beautifully complemented by a contrasting rust-hued area rug.
The Gorgeous Cobble Hill Brownstone from Budding Designer Blair
Cobble Hill Brownstone by Budding Designer Blair Harris Mixes Vintage Finds With Modern DetailsThe gorgeous interior of this Cobble Hill townhouse was completed by Blair Harris Interior Design.The home is an eclectic yet elegant combination of classic vintage pieces and crisp modern detailing, all of which is a tribute to the hard work of this budding designer.Harris entered the New York design scene in 2005 after receiving her BFA in Art History.The impeccable taste and attention to detail found in every corner of this Cobble Hill brownstone is worth writing about, but why not see for yourself–check out this project and others from Blair Harris Interior Design on their website.Related:Photos via Blair Harris Interior DesignTags : Blair Harris Interior Design, brownstones, townhousesNeighborhoods : Cobble Hill
Classic West Village Townhouse With A Calming Grey Background And
Rob Stuarts Interiors created a classic contemporary atmosphere for this family home on Greenwich Street in West Village, New York City with all the detail and nuance of a turn of the century townhouse.The base color in various shades of grey has a calming effect which is contrasted and balanced with bold color highlights.The newly created vintage mantles, layered moldings and patterned wallpapers celebrate the old New York classic design.
Types of Townhouses in NYC: 5 Common Styles To Know
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Historic Park Slope Brownstone on Prospect Park Asks $5 Million
Historic Park Slope Brownstone on Prospect Park Asks $5 MillionThis five-story brownstone at 920 President Street has been home to the same family for decades.And a location right on Prospect Park makes this the perfect canvas for creating your dream home, all with an asking price just $5 under $5 million.920 President Street is in one of Brooklyn’s most coveted neighborhoods.Park Slope has many boutiques and eateries, with Propect Park right in your backyard.[Listing: 920 President Street by Charlie Pigott of Corcoran Group]Photos courtesy of Corcoran GroupTags : 920 President Street, brownstones, Prospect Park, townhousesNeighborhoods : Park Slope
Elegant Manhattan Townhouse With Indoor Swimming Pool
Located near Park Avenue at 49 East 67th Street in New York City, this luxury townhouse with elegant red brick façade was built in 1878.The six-level, 8,600 sq.ft. residence has 6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and a 57 foot indoor swimming pool.Via: Sotheby’s
Part VIII: At Last, Moving In to the Renovated Brownstone
In 2015, Buck struck out on his own to launch Buck Projects, headquartered in the Brooklyn brownstone he renovated on nights and weekends over the course of two years.I think toward the end of the project, the anticipation of moving in… That became the hardest part.So I had to educate myself on all that history and then figure out how to relate modernism to that history.You're coming at it from slightly different perspectives, but what was the biggest surprise in tackling this project?There has to be rigor, and it is a struggle, especially a gut renovation in New York City.
Luxury Abroad Inside a Romantic & Modern Hideaway in the Heart of
designed in the 17th century, this family-owned boutique hotel is a genuine historical haven with an exquisite sense of place.my aim with this new series, luxury abroad, is to invite you deeper into some of the design jewels i’ve personally explored around the globe.a classic use of bold patterns in creative & modern waysthe “suite signature” and grandest space in the hotel, more design magic awaits.you can see why i’m head-over-heels for this simply stunning boutique hotel…and with the others i plan to share with you throughout this year, from nearby italy to hong kong to cambodia.until then, if you’re craving an elegant, contemporary, and luxurious space of your own, you know where to find me.
Colorful New York Home With Chic Feminine Charm
The catalog look with super sleek surfaces, simple straight lines and bland neutrals is not a look that works for everyone.Designed by Marks & Frantz, the charming home has a distinct feminine vibe that also gives it an inviting, cozy appeal.The dining room with bright splashes of orange and the kitchen banquette with the dazzling Turquoise Drape chandelier lend the home a trendy, transitional style.It is the girls’ bedrooms, though, where the feminine aura is revved up with flowery wallpapers, drapes, decor and a generous splash of pink.A grand walk-in closet in pink, grey and gold that has ample storage space adds to the opulence of the home.
Step into the Victorian era inside this $5.6M Upper West Side
Step into the Victorian era inside this $5.6M Upper West Side brownstone on Edgar Allan Poe StreetPhoto credit: Scott Wintrow / Gross & Daley for Sotheby’s International RealtyAsking $5,595,000, this circa 1890 single-family brownstone at 340 West 84th Street is on the market for the first time in over half a century.The townhouse has maintained its Victorian interiors, framed by high ceilings, original woodwork and fretwork, and stained glass.The home’s original dumbwaiter is still here, awaiting restoration.Poet Edgar Allan Poe wrote “The Raven” while living nearby on West 84th Street near Broadway.This stretch of 84th Street has subsequently been named “Edgar Allan Poe Street.”[Listing info: 340 West 84th Street at CityRealty][Listed at Sotheby’s International Realty by Marcy Bloomstein]RELATED:Photo credit: Scott Wintrow / Gross & Daley for Sotheby’s International RealtyTags : 340 West 84th Street, townhousesNeighborhoods : Upper West Side
St. David's School
New York, NY | PBDW ArchitectsSt. David’s School is a 105,000 s.f.boys school converted from several adjoining brownstones in the upper east side’s landmark district.The lighting design encompasses both traditional and contemporary styles to meet the rigorous requirements of an educational facility and echoes the historic aesthetic while providing efficient, comfortable and sustainable illumination.Fixtures were carefully chosen and located to provide a uniform appearance and color around the building from all exterior angles.Lighting was provided for lobby, classrooms, labs, art studios, administration, cafeteria and a state-of-the-art auditorium.