This rare Upper East Side brownstone originally dates back to the mid-19th century. Although it started as a single-family residence, by the great depression the house was carved up into multiple rental apartments. The clients brought in Agencie as the architect and structural engineer to transform the house to the stately elegant single-family home it once was.
The architecture meticulously preserved the period facade along with lush interior details like carved moldings and wood-burning fireplaces, reinterpreted in modern materials. The original oak floor edged with mahogany can be seen in the formal dining room. In our 86 page drawing set, period details were rescued and brought to life including wood molding delicately carved with swirls and fruit. The historic townhouse has indeed come full circle.
The renovation included blowing out the old rear of the building. We created a rearyard extension with a full wall of glass. The glass wall brightens the formally dark interiors. Through 3d visualization and a thorough collaboration between architecture and engineering we are were able to maximize the glass exposure and sunlight.
Upstairs many traditional architectural elements were preserved, among them the white oak paneling at the windows. The bedrooms and upstairs sitting rooms are spacious and light filled, with an unmatched view of the picturesque garden below.
Andrés Ulises Cortés, AIA
Sarrah Khan, PE