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This Became That

A West Village townhouse transformed.

Before: 4,500-Square-Foot Jane Street Townhouse

Photographs by Scott Frances

After: 4,500-Square-Foot Jane Street Townhouse

Four bedrooms, five baths; bought for $3 million in 2004, renovated and sold for $13.425 million in 2008.

Before: The Master Bedroom

After: The Master Bedroom

“We wanted bigger and bigger glass. The bigger the sheets get, the more expensive they get. We looked at glass everywhere. Glass that had to go through the Panama Canal because it’s only made on the West Coast and if you take it over the Rockies it explodes. We finally found glass in upstate New York that’s eight feet by sixteen feet. Once we found the glass, we had to find somebody to install it. This was another wild card. It had to be hoisted over the house and down the back.”

Before: The Kitchen

After: The Kitchen

“That kitchen island is eleven feet long, and it’s one piece of Danby marble. I looked at who in this country still had a quarry; we found one in Vermont. Most of the stone that is quarried there is shipped to Italy to be cut into little tiles and shipped back. We discovered we could circumvent that process and buy it before it got shipped out. The wood is cerused oak.”

Before: The Master Bath

After: The Master Bath

“The master bath has three street-facing windows and was enlarged to take up the entire width of the building—25 feet. The stone is crema marfil, a kind of marble.”

Before: The Roof

After: The Roof

“While we couldn’t increase the square footage of the building, we could redeploy it. By tearing down that nasty extension on the back of the house, we were able to add that square footage back as a penthouse room on the roof. The idea came from the film Last Year at Marienbad.”

Before: The Sitting Room

After: The Sitting Room

“Adam and I had lots of discussions, some of them vigorous, about what the character of the house should be. One school of thought would say it’s a nineteenth-century façade and that the house should be nineteenth century. I argued that because of the opportunity afforded by the garden—unique in my experience in the city—we should effectively eliminate the back wall.”

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