Located in the garden level of a late-1800’s Italianate Brownstone, the Prospect Heights Apartment underwent a ‘gut’ renovation. Existing conditions were comprised of a commercial kitchen, floors in significant degradation, and unstable masonry work.
The apartment design flips the traditional garden unit layout by placing the living and kitchen spaces to the rear, facing the garden and oriented south. Generous light fills the living space which is centered on an exposed brick fireplace. Demonstrating that restoration and renovation can coexist, the fireplace was uncovered in the demolition process; it had been walled in as part of the existing commercial kitchen. Located on a quiet street, the bedroom faces a tree-filled front yard and is accessed via an under-stoop entrance.