Before & After: A 2,500-Square-Foot Pre-War Brooklyn Apartment Opens Up by Relocating the Kitchen

Nicknamed “the Champs-Élysées of Brooklyn” by the New York TimesEastern Parkway in Prospect Heights is a major thoroughfare that counts among its architectural gems the Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Museum, all within half a mile of each other. Nestled among these landmarks are elegant pre-war apartment buildings, like the Turner Towers, Brooklyn’s first residential skyscraper and where we discovered this impressive renovation by Frederick Tang Architecture.

Like many pre-war apartments, this one was larger (at 2,500 square feet) and airier (thanks to high ceilings) than most, but one awkward layout had its cramped galley kitchen bypassed in. one end next to small rooms that were originally intended to be servants’ quarters. The owners, a couple who work in the arts, hired Frederick and his team to rectify the outdated design by moving the kitchen to the heart of the home.

“It was really important for the customers to move the kitchen and create a more open floor plan,” says Frederick, whose company also collaborated on the interior design. “It would respond to their love of cooking and entertaining. But working within the confines of the pre-war building is tricky. It was a balancing act to preserve some historical details while creating a more open modern home for a family. As far as we know, it was a balancing act that he managed with finesse.

Join us for a visit. And be sure to scroll down for photos and front layouts.

Photograph by Gieves Anderson, courtesy of Frederick Tang Architecture.

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Above: A built-in bookcase and peg rail make this graceful entryway more casual and comfortable. The vintage German opaline glass Bauhaus pendant light is from 1stdibs.
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Above: “The client had many pieces collected from members of his family, including antiques from his childhood. We have adopted that and added subtly with new necessities and accessories. Vintage lighting has become a key to this process. It bridged the gap between something old and new while providing accents throughout the home, ”says Barbara Reyes, Director of Design, Interiors + Branding at Frederick Tang Architecture.

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