Park Slope

Park Slope Neo-Federal Dining Room
Park Slope Neo-Federal Dining Room
This three-story, 5,280-square-foot rowhouse is located in Brooklyn’s Park Slope Historic District. It was built in the first decade of the twentieth century, and was designed in the Neo-Federal style. Our primary challenge was to preserve the architectural and historic integrity of this home while updating it for modern use.
Park Slope Neo-Federal Front Facade
Park Slope Neo-Federal Rear Facade Detail
Our most significant intervention was the relocation of the kitchen. Originally, the kitchen was housed in the rear extension, closed off from the rest of the house. We swapped the location of the kitchen and the dining room — a simple move that helped reorient the building’s entire center of gravity.
Park Slope Neo-Federal Dining Room
The new dining room is housed in a long and narrow space. To create a feeling of openness, we added large, curved windows. These windows were inspired by the observation windows found on early twentieth century passenger trains, specifically the Twentieth Century Limited, which began service in 1902 and ran through the late 1960s. The addition of these curved windows is a subtle nod to the era in which the house was built, and they facilitate a seamless transition between the dining room and the adjacent garden.
Park Slope Neo-Federal Pantry
We then applied this design language to the three- story bay window on the rear façade. We replaced the traditional bay window, which had large mullions and small panes, with modern curvilinear panes that extend from floor to ceiling.
Park Slope Neo-Federal Bay Window
Park Slope Neo-Federal Kitchen
Park Slope Neo-Federal Kitchen
Park Slope Neo-Federal Cupboard
Park Slope Neo-Federal Fireplace
Park Slope Neo-Federal Primary Bedroom
Park Slope Neo-Federal Bathroom
Park Slope Neo-Federal Study
We refurbished the existing winding staircase and lightwell, allowing natural light to flow into the center of the building. In addition to restoring some of the original woodwork, our design called for the installation of modern millwork in twenty locations throughout the house.
Park Slope Neo-Federal Stairwell
Park Slope Neo-Federal Foyer
Park Slope Neo-Federal Mudroom
At the front of the building, we restored the stone stoop and vestibule, re-pointed the brick masonry, refurbished the ironwork, restored the wood cornice, replaced degraded cast stone coping at the parapet, and installed new windows in the original masonry openings.
Park Slope Neo-Federal Front Facade
In collaboration with the interior design firm Jesse Parris-Lamb and landscape designer Marni Majorelle, we sought to create a balance between the traditional and the modern. As one moves through the home, the design transitions from classical to contemporary, creating harmony between the original architect’s intent and our client’s modern sensibilities.

Park Slope Neo-Federal received a Silver Medal for Restoration and Preservation in The Architect’s Newspaper 2022 Best of Design Awards. This project also received a Commendation for Engagement with the Outdoors in AIA Brooklyn’s 2022 Brooklyn Design Awards. The project was featured in Architectural Digest, Vogue Living, Brownstoner, and The Architect’s Newspaper.

Building Information


Park Slope Historic District

Originally Built

c. 1910

Rehabilitation Completed



5,280 sf


Partner In Charge

Brendan Coburn

Project Team

Jesse Fearins, Claire Leavengood-Boxer, Lauren Abbass

General Contractor

Chilmark Builders, Inc.

Structural Engineering

Martos Engineering


J. Callahan Consulting

Interior Design

Jesse Parris-Lamb

Landscape Design

Alive Structures


Katja Greeff

Interior Photography

Nicole Franzen

Exterior and Mudroom Photography

David Mitchell