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The residence had been abandoned for the past seven years and required a total "gut" rehabilitation of its mechanical and electric systems, new bathrooms, kitchens, new roof and skylights. Despite the fact that it served as a rooming house or SRO for many years much of the historic detail did not experience irreparable damage.

The objective was to restore the brownstone to its original splendor and to maintain much of the original moldings and intricately detailed frames that were in a precarious state. Clearly the form in a brownstone is dictated by the existing building, the challenge was to adapt them to suit the needs of a modern family.