Historic buildings have to be preserved and that is exactly what Brooklyn-based designer Uli Wagner has done to this Fort Greene brownstone. While the Brownstone was out of date it didn’t need a gut renovation and many historic features of the 1901 townhouse were fortunatelly still intact.
To turn this out of date building into a modern work and living space Uli Wagner Design Lab began a careful restoration, preserving the original staircases, floors, doorways, mouldings, mantels and high ceilings. They conserved the original floorplans only the function of the floors have changed. The basement level is now a 1-bedroom apartment with seperate entrance and access to the garden.
The ground floor is now an impressive office space for the Uli Wagner Design Lab. And the top 2 floors are the living quarters of Uli Wagner, with the living room and kitchen on the top floor and the bedroom with en-suite bathroom one floor down. While luckily all the historic elements of the brownstone were preserved the interiors are contemporary with a light color scheme, high quality materials and custom furniture pieces.
The combination of historic architecture with modern design can be truly beautiful when done right and in this case it has been done right. The home feels fresh, stylish but also full of character.