1. The Skylight and Windows
They’d survived the synagogue’s various incarnations, but the skylight and windows were covered with a dropped ceiling when Robins and Nozkowski moved in; they pulled it down to let the light in.
2. The Balcony
When the building was a synagogue, women sat here, to be separate from men during services.
3. The Sculptures
This is Robins’s workspace; her pieces are stored on the wall and floors.
4. Basic Amenities
The couple did all the renovations in 1969 within a $3,000 budget. We had to do the electricity and bring in water, says Robins. I think the gas lines were there, but the water lines were all corroded.
5. The Couch and Artwork
The large geometric wood-frame couch was built by Nozkowski’s father in 1969, to comfortably hold a mattress. The artworks above are by various friends and acquaintances.