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This apartment was originally home to the owner while he studied French art and craftsmanship at the Paris Fine Arts Academy or Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts a few blocks away. His studies provided him with a rare opportunity to experiment with a variety of decorative concepts, which he applied to restoring as much of the apartment's original 18th century detailing as possible. Built just after the French Revolution in the 1790's, the building's thick walls, high ceilings, and tall windows are distinctive of the Directory period.

In the living room, the finely crafted, hand painted Louis XVI style wood paneling and cabinetry were inspired by historical examples in Paris museums. The woodwork discretely conceals a Murphy bed that serves as a backup for visitors (there is also a daybed). The fireplace was entirely rebuilt by a top caliber, third generation craftsman. The more colorful bedroom cabinetry is also of the best craftsmanship.

A previous tenant once likened the apartment to his boat, "every space optimized..." if sometimes only for aesthetics. The entranceway moonlights as a bar, which in turn hides a dryer. The rustic kitchen, small but designed for people who cook, has hand-made wall tiles and the original 18th century fireback behind the stove. The kitchen table can seat four, or more if extended in the living room. The bathtub, a solace to walk-weary bodies, looks onto a fluted wood column, the contemporary bathroom's focal point.

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