Adelphi Street Brownstone

The Adelphi Street Brownstone is located on a landmarked block in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The original building is a typical Italianate brownstone dating back to 1858. At a later date, the plaster detailing was removed. Its four floors were reconfigured into a double duplex for two families. Such a configuration appealed to the client -- a husband and wife and the wife's parents, both of whom are painters.

The budget was small, and the focus of the program for the lower duplex was working studio space and storage for artwork. The painters requested that their studios be on separate floors; one listens to music, the other listens to the news. One studio is very private and washed in natural light opening to the lower terrace. The other studio is more public and for the painter who works solely with artificial light.

In addition to the renovation of the brownstone which included a two new kitchens and baths, a rear 12' two-story addition was proposed at the lower duplex to add more square footage and to draw in as much light as possible with full height and width glazing. In turn, the upper gained a generous 400 sq. ft. deck.

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