Brooklyn Townhouse

Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Repeat clients purchased a rare wood-framed townhouse in the landmarked Fort Greene historic district. Built in 1853, the design strategy focused on preserving the good bones, accepting or even complementing the quirky elements, and inserting select modern updates. Architectural additions featured a new kitchen, new baths, central air conditioning, and a skylight to flood the stairwell with natural light. Custom millwork and metal work carefully infuses the spaces while hidden storage features add livability. Decorative elements followed suit with studies in contrast and a blurring of feminine and masculine notions. An array of color studies, menswear textiles with bird and floral prints, and vintage furnishings purchased over time enhance the personal flavor. Frampton Co advised on the art works, installing a Robert Youngerman diptych and a large-scale Andrew Moore photograph juxtaposed with re-framed flea market finds. The design story evolves and comes to life in the family home, with little feet puttering up and down the stairs.