In a place like New York City, saying that space is limited is an understatement. 416 West 51st Street, however, proves that some residences can defy the odds. This home has been completely renovated and restored, and still manages to retain its history. The owner of this 25-foot-wide townhouse, built in 1910, decided to keep the original beams. He transformed them into a custom-built, wooden wall above the fireplace that wraps around to the front of the townhouse. The rest of the home has been beautifully modernized into a residence full of light and space.
The owner of this incredible residence purchased directly from The Church of Sacred Heart. The church still operates a parish on 51st Street and was active in helping the Hell’s Kitchen Community. Although built in the early 20th century, the home has been transformed with new technology that allows state-of-the-art customization. Each room’s heating, cooling, music, media and shades can all be monitored from the convenience of your cell phone.
The townhouse also features floor-to-ceiling windows in the great room with 22-foot ceilings that contribute to the airy feel. The entire residence plays on both light and the sheer volume of space that is hard to ignore. Elements of cement, glass, wood and steel ground the home in its modern style.
The cantilevered penthouse master suite is another example of the thought and care that went into designing the home. The garden level features a full bar, game room and family room, providing great spaces for entertaining. And while the renovations and materials are contemporary, the preserved beams over the fireplace recall the history of the home and the neighborhood.