arts and crafts townhouse

After a decade of designing numerous improvements and new constructions on her country estates in North Salem NY, and North Haven Island, Maine, Anik Pearson Architect was commissioned again by their client to work on a new project, a historically significant Arts and Crafts townhouse in the Upper East Side Historic District of Manhattan.

While the last proprietor of this townhouse left every original period detail of Harvey Stevenson’s 1937 remodel untouched, much was in dire need of restoration and repair after eight decades of ownership. The front and rear masonry facades were restored, along with their pocketing oversized bay windows, turned steel trelliswork, and a counterweighted ship’s ladder. Cleverly accessible from the kitchen via a hidden stair, a small pair of disused staff rooms on the second floor were purposefully reconfigured into an embellished dining room. Navy velvet panels were framed in gilded fluted trim, and hand-painted chrysanthemum blossoms on Verre églomisé magically shift and flutter with the light. The roof, previously a sea of reflective asphalt covered in random pipes and leaking skylights, was transformed into a lush urban rooftop garden with vegetable patches in elevated planters, espaliered apple trees within beds of companion strawberry plants, culinary herbs mixed in with sedum live roof modules, and a grape arbor for some dappled shade. The performance of the overall building envelope was dramatically improved without altering the historic façade and its decorative elements; a high-efficiency mechanical system was designed not to disturb the historic rooms. For sustainability, exterior paved and asphalted surfaces, including the public sidewalk, were replaced with planted areas designed to passively cool the building envelope and to filter rainwater. Overflow stormwater was recaptured for use in garden irrigation.

Anik Pearson Architect’s next project for this client is to design a new solar-powered, water-recapturing, fossil-fuel-free pool and greenhouse building on North Haven Island Maine.

arts and crafts townhouse

  • Interior Design by Shaun Jackson Inc.
  • Landscape Architecture by Garden 26
  • Photography by Eric Piasecki
  • Featured in Hive, Connecticut Magazine, and 6sqft