An Amazing Transformation in Brooklyn
A single photograph on one of thousands of blog posts I read on a daily basis jumped out at me today: A magnificent 1887 brownstone mansion that was part of last month’s Clinton Hill House Tour.
At the blog, Desire to Inspire, Jessica Warren of JP Warren Interiors shares some of the back story about the house and many excellent photos, including one of her must-see-to-believe bathtub room. Here she lists some of what was done in the 12,000-square-foot structure:
There are all new bathrooms, a new kitchen, a restored copper skylight, new mechanicals . . . In terms of new construction, we built a copper-roofed room to replace an unattractive records room that had been built in 1925 on the foundation of the demolished conservatory for the Brooklyn Public Library offices. We followed the lines of the conservatory, using the existing curved base and the original plans that we found at the DOB. Two of the parlor parquet floors were damaged beyond repair and have been replaced. The heavily patterned parquet of the front parlor was discovered under carpet and linoleum tile and has been restored. A new curved iron stair has been added under the skylight to replace a narrow servant’s stair to the basement.
The before-and-after images are especially compelling. I sure hope this amazing house is on the tour again next year.