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GRT Architects blends old and new at renovated Brooklyn townhouse



New York studio GRT Architects has added restored blue bathtubs and green cabinetry to update an early 20th-century townhouse in Brooklyn.

GRT Architects' overhauled four-storey brick home is located in Prospect Lefferts Garden neighbourhood ? an area near Brooklyn's Prospect Park that is characterised by quiet streets and many historic residences.
Called Prospect Lefferts Garden Townhouse, the property was originally completed in 1910 by architect William M Miller, and features an eclectic mix of romanesque and neo-renaissance elements.

Modifications and upgrades were added over the years following its completion to suit the needs of a variety of different owners.
"At some point, a two-storey addition was built in the rear and in 1940 the ground floor was turned into a doctor's office," said GRT Architects in a project description.
GRT Architects designed the renovation of the 4,100-square-foot (381-square-metre) home to pay homage to these historical details, while also providing continuity with newer aspects.

"This highly choreographed play between new and old, contemporary and historical, led to a result that celebrates both and satisfies the demands of our modern clients," said the studio.
"When working on historical buildings, we begin by establishing an attitude of new to old."

Many of the home's wooden details were preserved, including original parquet wood floors, numerous fireplaces, a traditional wooden staircase, and elaborate...
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