Upper West Side Row House

This project had a sad start.  The last owner had chopped this imposing limestone row house into four mean apartments.  But we salvaged what original woodwork remained and then set about re-creating the rest.  Our new layout restores the rooms to their grand scale.  In contrast to the heavy oak at the stair halls and common rooms, our kitchen is a clean composition of cream-colored ash and white quartzite.  At the new rear wall, giant steel windows open three floors to the garden.  Outside, raised planting beds of board-formed concrete tier up to a high retaining wall at the rear lot line.  And from there, a linear fountain cascades down to a reflecting pool.

photos: Jason Schmidt