Greenwich Village Townhouse

A long-standing client hired Melander Architects to remodel his landmark 1852 Greenwich Village townhouse. The once gracious home had been subdivided into rental units and had fallen into disrepair over the past fifty years. The client wished to restore the building to a single family home with a ground-level flat.

On our first visit, we recognized the townhouse had two unique assets: a generous private garden to the north and a patchwork of original parquet floors. Our design preserves these assets and renders new architectural elements intentionally spare in contrast to the home's rich historical details. We chose a material palette of white plaster walls, white and neutral vintage and bespoke furnishings, white lacquer and stainless steel casework, and slender walnut columns on the entry floor. Board-formed concrete, blued steel & walnut casework, and simple beamed ceilings complement the exposed exterior brick party walls on upper floors.

A white, box-like courtyard with outdoor shower and folding doors completely opens up the top floor to the sky and garden, connecting inside to out, bringing in fresh air and the ever-changing New York light.
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Townhouse backyard Photography by Paul Warchol
“Furniture” — vancouverpenny
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Townhouse rear facade with new steel boxes around entry door and upstairs window Photography by Paul Warchol
“Brick” — erica824
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Living Room seating group Photography by Paul Warchol
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Library in Second Floor Hall Photography by Paul Warchol
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View from the Library in the Second Floor Hall to the Open Stair Photography by Paul Warchol
“Open staircase to 3levels” — dream988
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Master Bedroom Photography by Paul Warchol
“Townhouse bedroom in the village” — Jason Goldsmith
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Master Bedroom Fireplace and Storage Photography by Paul Warchol
“cabinets on wall” — run262vermont
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Master Bedroom Courtyard with Outdoor Shower Photography by Paul Warchol
“top of ladder” — donnabaho
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View from Open Stair to Master Bedroom Photography by Paul Warchol
“railing” — gennykur
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Guest Bedroom Photography by Paul Warchol
“b/w yet warm” — Melissa Liu
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Living Room Photography by Paul Warchol
“OMGGG LOVE THE WINDOWS” — Gerardine Budiman
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Dining Room Photography by Paul Warchol
“Terrific table” — Kate Mensch
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Living Room, Dining Room, and Open Stair Photography by Paul Warchol
“Coffee table” — natron43
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Kitchen Photography by Paul Warchol
“Pots hanging from brick wall” — rdebruin44
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Bathroom Photography by Paul Warchol
“I like the sink” — Andre Chevolleau
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Salvaged historic wood parquet flooring between Dining Room and Living Room Photography by Paul Warchol
“Cool hardwood” — munecas
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Historic 1934 photo showing restaurant formerly located at basement level
“Townhouse” — johnpage82
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