When it came time for Courtney and Nicholas Stern to renovate their 1849 Greek Revival brownstone on Morton Street, of course they tapped Nick's father, the celebrated architect Robert A. M. Stern, to lead the way. The couple purchased No. 58 at an estate sale in 2002 in a condition far from the elegant, honed single-family residence featured in Architectural Digest. Instead, the building was divided into three units, one of which the design-savvy couple occupied as they rented out the additional apartments while collecting pennies for an overhaul.
The renovation saw a total reconfiguration of the home, including the additional of a basement recreation space, a double-height entertaining area achieved by knocking out a section of the parlor floor, and larger itchen created by pushing back the exterior back wall of the building. In the end, the renovation was, as Nicholas puts it, "sympathetic" to the home's original details, but it certainly adds a little magical something else. More from Curbed National and the original piece at Architectural Digest.
· Tour the Home Robert A.M. Stern Helped His Son Renovate [Curbed National]
· A Manhattan Townhouse Puts a Bright Twist on Traditional Decor [Architectural Digest]
· The 1849 James H. Noe HouseNo. 58 Morton Street [Daytonian in Manhattan]