In six years as an associate at Gensler, the behemoth global architecture firm where he developed concepts and strategies for major corporate clients, and five more years designing residences for private clients at some of Manhattan’s toniest addresses, interior designer Raphael Paul DiTommaso worked with budgets that knew no limit.
This quirky little red brick townhouse in Red Hook was built in the mid 19th century. Located at 120 Pioneer Street, it has low stairs, flat stone lintels, a barely recessed doorway, with simple square patterns on the bracketed cornice and inside the doorway.
This two-bedroom in a 2007 condo building is one of those studies in the moderate evolution of Brooklyn apartments in the last decade or so. Located at 276 13th Street, the fairly generic seven-story structure is composed of two volumes, one set back with an entrance on 13th street and 12 units above, another occupying the street corner, with commercial space on the ground level and three units above. Despite the gray panel clad facade and awning reminiscent of the 1970s, the interior is not cheaply built.
Hoboken’s Engine House No. 5, built in the closing years of the 19th century and now a four-unit residential building, took on several feet of water during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Subsequently, the two ground floor apartments were thoroughly renovated.
These open house picks have in common late 19th century to early 20th century shells with some fine interior details and a range of updates, some old, some new.
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