A Brooklyn Row House Gets a Modern Update, But Keeps the Historic Charm

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Architect Alexandra Barker worked to combine historical elements and modern details for her clients who wanted the best of both worlds.Photo: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Architect Alexandra Barker’s clients fell in love with a tree-lined street in Williamsburg and bought a wood-framed row house next door to neighbors who were taking their house back to what it looked like in a 1940s tax photo. Barker’s clients wondered if they should go that far — and ultimately chose what they called a “mullet” strategy.