Before & After: A New York City Penthouse Gets a Dramatic Glow Up

A medley of white oak and walnut and a reorganized floor plan elevate this Upper West Side renovation by Ammor Architecture.

"What was really unusual about this penthouse apartment was that it didn't feel like a penthouse—it felt more like a basement apartment," says architect Thomas Morbitzer. Dark, outdated materials and stepped floor heights only compounded the impression, doing a disservice to the unit, which is located in an Art Deco building on the Upper West Side.

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at