Upper West Side Arts & Crafts-Style Renovation

A family in the entertainment industry turned to Fairfax & Sammons Architects when they wanted to renovate their recently purchased Arts & Crafts-style apartment.
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2016 PALLADIO AWARDS

New Design, less than 5,000 square feet
Winner: Fairfax & Sammons Architects

KEY CRAFTSPEOPLE
Building Contractor:
Di Salvo Contracting Co Inc, Brooklyn, New York
Sub-Contractors:
Millwork Housewrights Inc.,
York, Maine
Wood Finishing:
Historic Floors
by Stephen Gamble Inc.,
Greenwich, Connecticut
Interior Design:
Apr Interiors,
New York, New York

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By Kiley Jacques

Housed inside a 1910 Arts and Crafts-style apartment building by architect William Wilhelm Wilkerson, the Upper West Side Residence program called for combining three apartments on the eleventh floor to create one unit suitable for a six-member family. As the client wanted comfortable spaces for everyday living that incorporated the building’s architectural style, all three apartments required a comprehensive renovation. Although a few original details—because they are in keeping with the Arts and Crafts style—survived, including an original inglenook fireplace and clay tile floor in the living room, and original French doors and paneling in the octagonal dining room.

A warm, masculine office built of hand-scraped, stained, and distressed American black walnut makes a stately impression—one that suggests the room is original to the building. In fact, careful attention was paid to ensure that all of the interiors fabricate a sense of history.

In less than 5,000 square feet, the contractor managed to comfortably fit: four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a powder room, kitchen, dining room, living room with terrace overlooking Central Park, family room, office, study, library, pantry, dry bar, dressing room, laundry rooms, and a master suite with closet and sitting room. All new exterior windows and doors and a new full HVAC system complete the masterful plan.