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Photography: Eric Piasecki/OTTO

Italianate Townhouse

Family Home by Peter Pennoyer Architects in New York, NY

This Italianate row house had once been part of a unified street wall, but when the house was subdivided into studio apartments, all of the interior and exterior historical fabric was removed or damaged. The challenge was to restore the exterior to its historic appearance and to build a new house behind the existing facade that was true to the spirit of the original design yet more appropriate for contemporary living. Peter Pennoyer Architects restored the exterior to its original grand appearance, recreating the high stoop, cast iron railings, and stone details. The interior was reconstructed using language inspired by the Victorian style architecture of the mid to late 19th century. The new plan is centered on a round stair which is screened at the first floor by freestanding Corinthian columns dividing the front and back parlors. A penthouse was added with two terraces and landscape design by Madison Cox. Shawn Henderson Interior Design completed the interior decoration.