This 1910 landmarked limestone rowhouse in Park Slope was originally designed by Axel S. Hedman. It is one of a row of eight homes built at the same time, in four different styles. This residence’s façade has beaux arts elements, such as the arched windows and doors at the parlor floor.

The clients were a young family with three boys. Based on early conversations with the client, we knew that they needed to designate certain areas of the house for primary use by each family member. A mother-in-law suite and dedicated play space at the garden level allow the rest of house to be more tailored. A homework room and reading nook are located on the top floor near the boys’ bedrooms while the parents have their own office/library on the master floor.

Our design goals were to modernize the function of the house while maintaining the original details and seamlessly integrating the new with the old. Except for the kitchen and bathrooms, the interiors were kept largely intact, with original detailing, plaster moldings, and wood paneling. Our design thoughtfully aligned the aesthetics of the modern updates to the classic, century-old details. Thus, the new elements belong in the space and look like they’ve always been there. We managed careful detailing and extensive coordination of the contractor's, sub-consultants’, and suppliers’ work. Incorporating custom built-in design elements created by the interior designer, including custom millwork, leadlight panels, shelving brackets, and tile patterns, gives the home a fresh vibe perfect for the young family. This project was a collaboration between CWB Architects and Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.

This project was featured on Arch Digest Spain and Brownstoner's "The Insider".


Park Slope Historic District, Brooklyn



Brendan Coburn

Scott Kunstadt, John Buckley

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Chilmark Builders, Inc.

Dominick R. Pilla Associates, PC

J. Callahan Consulting, Inc.

Christopher Sturman