Greenpoint Row House

New York, New York
Location
  • New York, New York
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2015
  • This project page was created by community member Delson or Sherman Architects

    We had to convince the owners of this wood-framed row house to renovate rather than sell. (The structure was unstable, the facades were asbestos and vinyl siding, and the cellar flooded seasonally.) But now, they’re glad they did. Since the house is in Greenpoint’s landmark district, the front façade has a new period-perfect polychrome cornice at the top. In the middle are replicas of the original windows, casings, and clapboards. And at sidewalk level, an etched glass wall of windows gives luminous privacy. French doors in black steel open onto a new deck to the garden. A catwalk playroom overlooks the two-story kitchen at the heart of the house. The open riser stair is made from salvaged floor beams. Moreover, the wine cellar is bone dry.

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    Delson or Sherman Architects
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    DELSON or SHERMAN ARCHITECTS PC is a Brooklyn design firm founded in 1997 by Perla Delson and Jeff Sherman. The firm’s diverse portfolio combines clean, understated detail with careful space planning. We have a reputation for brilliant design, rigorous involvement during construction, and meticulous bid documents. We are good listeners. More than working diligently to fulfill the needs of our clients, we see the design and construction process as inherently collaborative—with clients, with consultants, and with contractors. Our work benefits from our tactical deployment of budget, deliberate economies of gesture, and painstakingly detailed construction documents. In place of a signature style, the firm focuses on the unique opportunities of each project. We address site-specific concerns with fresh ideas while incorporating proven solutions into new contexts. We value the sustainable restoration of old buildings. But we also believe these can be gracefully bridged to the present with innovative additions. By coupling elegant modernism with traditional materials, our work has a sense of inevitability. Our designs feel as though they have always belonged to the site.
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