Renovations to an Upper West Side Apartment
New York, NY
A family in the entertainment industry wanted to renovate a recently purchased apartment overlooking Central Park. The building, originally built in 1910 by architect William Wilhelm Wilkerson in the Arts & Crafts style, was named after the architect's ancestral home in County Durham, England.
The brief was to successfully combine three units on the 11th floor into one apartment for a family of six. All three apartments had not been renovated in many years and required a full gut renovation with all new exterior windows and doors and a new full HVAC system throughout. The family wanted comfortable spaces for everyday living, incorporating the Arts & Crafts style into the architecture to create a sense of history that connected with the building. A few original details survived, including an original inglenook fireplace, a clay tile floor in the living room and the original French doors and paneling in the octagonal dining room. A cozy office was created for the husband in American black walnut, all hand-scraped, stained and distressed to look original to the building.