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An Amazing Transformation in Brooklyn

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An Amazing Brooklyn Brownstone

An Amazing Brooklyn Brownstone

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.

(You can now also follow JP Warren Interiors on Facebook, and, of course, me.)

UPDATE: The project was carried out by Neuhaus Design Architecture, P.C. In case you are interested, you can see more pictures of this project and others on


Written by Bruno

2011.06.04 at 17:57

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  1. I did the interior design but the renovation was the collective effort of many people; architect Neuhause Design, contractors Interior Alterations, Inc. and brilliantly talented craftspeople.


    2011.06.06 at 15:09

  2. […] written previously about the first time I set foot in the 12,000-square-foot mansion and some of the renovation’s back story I stumbled across one afternoon, actually visiting the beautiful home was a completely different […]

  3. […] she was opening up rooms via Airbnb in the couple’s spectacular home. (Read more about the amazing transformation of a once-neglected brownstone.) Two rooms and a suite are available at various price […]

  4. […] It just became a little easier to find your way to one of the most exquisite brownstones in Brooklyn. […]

  5. […] It just became a little easier to find your way to one of the most exquisite brownstones in Brooklyn. […]

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