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.