Greenwich Village Carriage Houses

Renovation in Manhattan, NY

The unusual, somewhat quirky character of 183-5 West 4th Street (particularly apparent on the inside) is appropriate and perhaps largely due to the succession of artistic-minded owners who, over the years, have responded imaginatively to the building’s unconventional wedge shape and contrasts of scale.

When Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons purchased the property in 2000 from the estate of Armand Hammer, they embarked on a total renovation that included a clever remodeling of the interior to disguise the irregular form – all achieved without destroying the idiosyncratic character. The interior decoration was done by Anne Fairfax and interior decorator Marina Killery. A new garden was introduced to the front of the house, designed by landscape architect Charles Stick.

Greenwich Village Carriage Houses


Greenwich Village Carriage Houses North Wall Before
Living Room North // Before
Greenwich Village Carriage Houses Front Entry Before
Living Room South // Before
Greenwich Village Carriage Houses Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Off the double-height living room was a secret room: “the Black Pearl,” the couple calls it, painted a smooth black-blue with white trim, like an officer’s coat; a room that hardly anyone wants to leave, they said, especially after cocktails. When the shutters to West Fourth Street are closed, not a sound comes through. – Toni Schlesinger, NY Observer

Greenwich Village Carriage Houses North Wall After
Living Room North // After
Fairfax & Sammons Architecture
Designing new and reimagining
old houses and estates for 30 years.