Back in 2007, the high society power couple of author Jay McInerney and heirress Anne Hearst plunked down $3.2 million for the penthouse at 25 East 9th Street. Back then, the listing showed only the terraces and now we know why?the apartment needed a total renovation. The couple hired architect Robert Couturier to make the place over, and the latest issue of Architectural Digest takes a look at the space. Those glass-walled terraces that the listing so prominently featured were one of the biggest problems; they were drafty, "scantily insulated," and needed to be replaced with real walls. "It was like a houseboat on the verge of sinking," said McInerney. "The wind whistled through it." The new terrace, pictured above, is landscaped by Stuart Schechter of Interior Foliage Design and features wooden decking, an awning made of a Sunbrella fabric, and seating by by Carlos Motta for Espasso.
Inside, Couturier designed the 1,800-square-foot space in a way that combines Hearst's penchant for "antiques and classical details" with McInerney's "streamlined" contemporary tastes. Two of the formerly glass-walled rooms were remade with insulated copper roofs and double-glazed windows, one of which is now McInerney's study. It has wide-plank floors made of salvaged wood from a Long Island barn, and it's decked out with photographs of the author's literary inspirations. Curbed National has more photos.
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