WestEnders

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January 16, 2009
Originally published in Renovate! Reuse! Recycle!
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  Referencing the First Presbyterian Church’s slate roof, 12 + Alder makes nice to its divine neighbor.
    Referencing the First Presbyterian Church’s slate roof, 12 + Alder makes nice to its divine neighbor.
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  The door to the street boasts a graffiti-resistant paint, rendering even the most temperamental tags temporary.
    The door to the street boasts a graffiti-resistant paint, rendering even the most temperamental tags temporary.
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  In the living room, a double-height window and a skylight work together to frame a view of the Victorian Gothic church just across the street.
    In the living room, a double-height window and a skylight work together to frame a view of the Victorian Gothic church just across the street.
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  The most dramatic view in the apartment, the First Presbyterian Church looms large in the Kovel living room.
    The most dramatic view in the apartment, the First Presbyterian Church looms large in the Kovel living room.
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  Below Kovel’s apartment is Fritts’ furniture shop, Intelligent Design, and around the corner West Enders can expect a new branch of Seattle’s Ace Hotel and the new Portland headquarters for the architecture firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca.
    Below Kovel’s apartment is Fritts’ furniture shop, Intelligent Design, and around the corner West Enders can expect a new branch of Seattle’s Ace Hotel and the new Portland headquarters for the architecture firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca.
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  While the open kitchen and living room space provide ample opportunity for entertaining, perhaps as compelling is the Kovels’ surprisingly private rooftop deck. “We love to have parties over here,” says Kovel, “and sometimes we go up to the roof.” With a privacy screen vexing voyeurs to the west, and no other tall building, save the church spire, nearby, the Kovels and guests have free rein. “We have a hot tub up there,” Kovel wryly discloses.
    While the open kitchen and living room space provide ample opportunity for entertaining, perhaps as compelling is the Kovels’ surprisingly private rooftop deck. “We love to have parties over here,” says Kovel, “and sometimes we go up to the roof.” With a privacy screen vexing voyeurs to the west, and no other tall building, save the church spire, nearby, the Kovels and guests have free rein. “We have a hot tub up there,” Kovel wryly discloses.
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  In lieu of a checkerboard effect, Kovel kept his carpet squares all vibrantly verdant. With the bamboo cabinets and countertops the whole space has a pastoral feel. “I wanted it to be like the Bradys’ backyard,” he says.
    In lieu of a checkerboard effect, Kovel kept his carpet squares all vibrantly verdant. With the bamboo cabinets and countertops the whole space has a pastoral feel. “I wanted it to be like the Bradys’ backyard,” he says.
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  A bit of private space between the apartment and the street.
    A bit of private space between the apartment and the street.
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