112 Washington Place

112 Washington Place, a classic 1830’s Federal-style townhouse in the heart of Greenwich Village, recently underwent a gut-renovation by Blesso Properties, which was founded by CHPC Board Member Matthew Blesso. The architect was Andrea Steele Architects.

Originally built in 1832 and having remained in the same family for many generations, this elegant townhouse underwent years of neglect resulting in major structural damage, buckled flooring and crumbling ornamental plasterwork.

Before the renovation work could begin, the building had to be stabilized by inserting a concrete masonry liner within the existing envelope to reattach the front and rear facades back to the party walls.  This allowed the selective removal of interior floors and exterior walls without jeopardizing  the historic structure.

The design carves out open spaces that reflect a more modern idea of living within a beautifully restored historic shell.  Spacious, light filled rooms are contrasted and complimented by the intricate traditional detailing and rich material palette.  A low existing ceiling condition at the garden level drove the decision to excavate the rear garden and create a double height space at the rear façade.  The resulting space provides a seamless connection between the interior spaces and the garden – which is visible from every public space.

Throughout the interior, glossy millwork panels bring light deeper into the house and reflect the colors and textures of the garden along its walls.  The floor area lost to the double height space has been cleverly located to the roof to create a penthouse study with a rooftop deck and plantings – allowing the owners to take advantage of more valuable outdoor space.

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