When this Italianate-style Greenwich Village townhouse with a landmarked facade was purchased by a publishing CEO and his hedge-fund manager husband, the place was a gut job. "It was a disaster," the publisher recalls of the house, which this month graces the cover of Architectural Digest, "But we had a lot of trust that the home could be developed into our kind of vision." To execute that vision, the couple hired Peter Pennoyer, the Upper East Side native whose approach to architecture can singularly be described as classic. "I usually like to keep the old materials, the beams, at least," Pennoyer recalls to ArchDigest, "But this was unsalvageable."
Only the most discerning eye may be able to tell that the townhouse's show-stopping circular staircase was a renovation additionalong with the skylight and the fifth floor it reaches up to (approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, of course.) Interior designer Shawn Henderson was brought on board to blend his sophisticated yet relaxed interiors with Pennoyer's classical flourishes and the couple's extensive contemporary art collection including works by Matthew Barney and Cindy Sherman. The end result is a townhouse reborn. More before and after photographs below, and the full story here.
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