The Renovation of Carriage Houses in New York
The unusual, somewhat quirky character of 183-5 West 4th Street (particularly apparent on the inside) is appropriate and perhaps largely due to the succession of artistic-minded owners who, over the years, have responded imaginatively to the building's unconventional wedge shape and contrasts of scale.
When Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons purchased the property in 2000 from the estate of Armand Hammer, they embarked on a total renovation that included a clever remodeling of the interior to disguise the irregular form - all achieved without destroying the idiosyncratic character. The interior decoration was done by Anne Fairfax and interior decorator Marina Killery. A new garden was introduced to the front of the house, designed by landscape architect Charles Stick.
Antique mirrors and vintage lithographs line the walls, waxed oak floors and mahogany worktops lend a rustic sense of snugness.
As with their professional projects, Anne and Richard’s house is free of artificial materials; everything brought in will age and develop a natural patina. ‘We want everything to be of good quality and to last,’ says Richard. It looks like this bijou building will be a treasure for years to come.
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In a city where a house is almost never a home-most people live in apartments-it had sat empty for 10 years. "It didn’t sell because no one knew what to do with it," says Sammons. "We looked at it and started chomping at the bit.
Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons' house is featured in a TV pilot. "On The Couch," an idea produced by Richard Ekstract originally in Palm Beach & Gardens magazine is vying for its debut in 2D.
On the Couch
Off the double-height living room was a secret room: “the Black Pearl,” the couple calls it, painted a smooth black-blue with white trim, like an officer’s coat; a room that hardly anyone wants to leave, they said, especially after cocktails. When the shutters to West Fourth Street are closed, not a sound comes through.
“People need shutters,” Ms. Sammons said. “Not double-paned windows.”