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For a Brooklyn Heights Townhouse, a Divine Reinvention

  • April 07, 2021

“With these townhouses, one tends to feel a little reverential,” said Arthi Krishnamoorthy, the lead partner on the project. “But in this case, because of the house’s pre-renovated state, and it having been cut up into small rooms, we felt at liberty to rethink it from first principles, and perhaps even make it more like its original self. That’s not to say we did a historicist replica of what might have been there. We developed an architectural language that was rooted in the Greek Revival style, but has a real crisp and contemporary take to it.”

Details include muscular crown molding, wall paneling, window and door casings, and built-in shutters, all with simple, sharp-edged profiles that walk a fine line between traditional and modern. A new staircase with a sinuous black handrail slides up through the home’s four stories. Fireplace mantels are adorned with thick monumental slabs of Grigio Carnico marble, and walls are coated in calming shades of gray, tan and blue.

On the roof, the architects created two outdoor spaces — a terrace immediately off the den and a deck one story higher — with views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

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