The May issue of Elle Decor features a century-old barn-house in Brookhaven Hamlet.
Owner Michel Botbol, an executive at Polo Ralph Lauren, used Manhattan architect Calvert Wright to update the neglected and eclectic structure, which he describes in the article as having looked like “Harry Potter meets Miss Havisham.”
“Our objective was to save the magic,” Botbol tells the magazine. “It was a herculean task. First we had to lift the structure 10 to 12 feet, keeping the fireplaces and chimney intact. Then we scooped out a basement to hold the heating, power and air-conditioning systems.”
The result, says Botbol’s partner, Arthur Krystofiak, who is in real estate and an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry, is “a kind of neo-Gothic barn with a modernist twist.”
The barn had been moved to the location in the 1860s from a nearby farm. It is next to the former Marjorie Merriweather Post estate and used to belong to photographer Bruce Weber.
Some of the items in the house came from fashion designer Geoffrey Beene’s homes.
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