In the Details | Period Piece - Design Bureau

entry vestibule 2

Inspired by the design of the ornamental metal transom at the front entrance, neoclassical style metal interior doors frame the grand entry vestibule. A new faux-painted ceiling, limestone floors, and plaster molding complete the old-world look.


Manhattan-based construction company C. Stasky Associates worked closely with Brian O’Keefe to execute this detail-oriented renovation project. “We ensured the tradesmen, artisans, and craftsmen working on the project understood the demanding nature of this artistic vision,” says chairman Charles E. Stasky.


her master suite

children's room

her master bath

his parlor

The second floor features his-and-hers parlors. “Both are done in a gray color palette, but hers is ornate and his is more masculine and streamlined,” says O’Keefe.


Polished mahogany paneling and a clawfoot marble mantel the owner purchased in New Orleans bring warmth and dimension to the library. A master artisan from Virginia restored the existing plaster cornice, which was in need of repair, and added a new Greek key frieze below.

dining room

While the dining room ceiling boasted plaster coffers that had been cast from the original molds, it lacked authentic molding. “The coffers were floating in the middle of the ceiling and the crown molding needed more heft to match the ceiling,” says O’Keefe. “The same artisan who faux painted the entry gave the dining room ceiling a fresh look, which was inspired by a photograph of a French palace.”






In the Details | Period Piece

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Photos by Durston Saylor

This turn-of-the-century Upper East Side townhome pays homage to the grandeur of the Gilded Age. But that wasn’t always the case. When the current homeowners purchased the six-story, 16,000-square-foot property, it housed a commercial office space and had fallen into disrepair. With the aide of architectural historian Christopher Gray, architect Brian O’Keefe unearthed a wealth of data—from the initial drawings to tax document photos—that enabled him to restore the historic home down to its most decadent decorative details. “And while the home is historic, it still has all the modern amenities—home controls, an AV system, central air—that you would ever need,” O’Keefe says.

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