Upper West Side Row House
Our first look at this project was sad. 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.