The sights and sounds, the unmistakable pulse and palpable history of Harlem are an indelible aspect of the continuing evolution of this historic borough.
The remaining century old townhouse’s that line the streets are slowly giving way to the city’s inevitable march of time and gentrification but many of the evocative early 20th century brownstones remain, recalling both the century-old origins of the neighborhood and it’s identity as the heart and soul of black culture. Rescued by a couple ready for a new challenge, this vacation home for rent in New York City has a vibrant new personality and aesthetic that honors both.
The nomadic family divides their time between NYC, their home in Maine, and frequent stays in boutique homes in faraway places. Enthusiastic preservationists, they’ve restored several historic homes along the way. When they bought the building in 2015, except for the lovely ornate facade, it had been carved into four individual apartments with much of it’s original character lost to time and development. But, ready to embrace a new, more modern approach to design, the duo dove in.
Working with architectural firm OPerA Studio, the building was extended slightly, and anchored with a new staircase connecting the towering four storys. Replacing the rear facade with floor to ceiling glass walls and a second terrace, flooded the interiors with welcome natural light, all the better to showcase the stylish, industrial-chic design.
Replacing the dark, dated aspects of the rooms with pale woods, colorful and whimsical pieces of modern and vintage decor, they brought this home roaring back to life.
Now a warm and welcoming, this creatively restored antique-to-modern family home has undergone a richly deserved rebirth.