Upper East Side Residence

New York, New York

A classic, four-story townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side had been renovated in a 1960s style by Otto Preminger, the legendary 1960s and '70s Hollywood producer and director, who included a grand screening room in the fifth and six floors of a new addition. Champalimaud led an exceptional "reverse" renovation of this 8,000-square- foot, seven-story house, drawing inspiration from 18th Century Portuguese and French villas.  The result is a classic, late 19th New York townhouse, with old fireplaces, stone and heart pine floors, painted tiles, and paneled wooden ceilings.

The flow of the house was reimagined.  Champalimaud designed a more classical stairwell and created circulation from the ground and parlor floors into the rear garden.  The fifth and sixth floor screening room was converted into a grand, double-height, paneled library, anchored by a massive 17th century stone fireplace.  A large Palladian window opens to a street-side balcony.  Mechanical systems were relocated to the basement, providing the space for a sunny, roof terrace and greenhouse.  And an original coal bin under the sidewalk was transformed into a wine cellar.