Row House Revival

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January 19, 2009
Originally published in Modern on the Inside
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  The façades of the Greek Revival town houses that comprise “the Row,” on Greenwich Village’s Washington Square, still evoke pre–Gilded Age New York. Within, however, modernity prevails.
    The façades of the Greek Revival town houses that comprise “the Row,” on Greenwich Village’s Washington Square, still evoke pre–Gilded Age New York. Within, however, modernity prevails.
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  “We were over the moon at the idea that we were going to live here,” Ogrodnik says.
    “We were over the moon at the idea that we were going to live here,” Ogrodnik says.
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  “The kids can look down into the sitting room or out the windows of their rooms into the park,” says Matthew Baird of the children’s lofts with  their shiplike hatches. “It adds a layer of complexity to the design.”
    “The kids can look down into the sitting room or out the windows of their rooms into the park,” says Matthew Baird of the children’s lofts with their shiplike hatches. “It adds a layer of complexity to the design.”
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  Ogrodnik and Bardin chose to only partially strip the paint from the original front door, resulting in an abstract canvas that, says Bardin, “shows the whole history of the house.”
    Ogrodnik and Bardin chose to only partially strip the paint from the original front door, resulting in an abstract canvas that, says Bardin, “shows the whole history of the house.”
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  The Ogrodnik/Bardin family enjoy the pleasures of family life in the kitchen.
    The Ogrodnik/Bardin family enjoy the pleasures of family life in the kitchen.
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  The kid-friendly stainless steel kitchen countertop exemplifies the design’s unfussy commitment to contemporary life. Yet, says Matthew Bardin, “you have all this history underneath you here.”
    The kid-friendly stainless steel kitchen countertop exemplifies the design’s unfussy commitment to contemporary life. Yet, says Matthew Bardin, “you have all this history underneath you here.”
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  "You have all this history underneath you here,” says Matthew Bardin. A display of evocative old family photos, arranged in the stairwell, underscores Bardin’s point.
    "You have all this history underneath you here,” says Matthew Bardin. A display of evocative old family photos, arranged in the stairwell, underscores Bardin’s point.
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  “I know not whether it is owing to the tendernesses of early associations, but this part of New York appears to many persons the most delectable,” wrote Henry James in Washington Square.
    “I know not whether it is owing to the tendernesses of early associations, but this part of New York appears to many persons the most delectable,” wrote Henry James in Washington Square.
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