Brooklyn Brownstone: A Mid-Nineteenth-Century Brownstone with Historic and Contemporary Design Elements

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1100 Architect was in charge of the renovation project for Brooklyn Brownstone, a mid-nineteenth-century property in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Finished in 2007, the renovation brought out the balance of historic and contemporary design elements that match the client’s sensibility while taking the house’s landmarked context into consideration.

The Renovation Project

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The full renovation was conducted for the street-facing façade. With the renovation, the firm was able to enhance the brownstone’s presence in the historic neighborhood.

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In the backyard, the addition of glass and aluminum materials offers space for the kitchen as well as the contemporary lounge. With those materials, the historic streetscape will not be disrupted.

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Up-close, the kitchen adopts a contemporary style with modern furniture selection for the island, cabinetry, and the dining area. The kitchen also overlooks the historic neighborhood, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glasses.

The Mix of Historic and Contemporary Elements

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Focusing on the interior, the firm went with the idea of mixing contemporary and historic elements. This seating area, for instance, combines classic and modern furniture. A piano with classic design in the corner makes a perfect addition to the mix.

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The original elements are still maintained, such as plaster moldings and oak floors. They were integrated with modern light fixtures, custom-designed cast-resin, patinaed-steel dining table, and other modern elements.

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