Entering the lobby of York House feels more like stepping inside a chic boutique hotel in London or Paris than an apartment building in the Central West End. But that’s exactly the kind of experience and aesthetic developers Sam Koplar and Ted Gast set out to create when they transformed the St. Louis landmark building into a modern urban residence.
Evoking a long-vanished literary spirit, the intimate study, just off the grand foyer near the front doors, seems poised to welcome Papa Hemingway home.
A fabulous house begins with a fabulous entrance, and William Levy’s spectacular early 19th-century grand foyer doesn’t disappoint. Just as gorgeous as the rooms it prefaces, the sophisticated space is black-tie ready for the most elegant of evenings.
Opening to the grand foyer, the terrace and the solarium, the living room offers fabulous flow for family living or entertaining, but designer C.J. Knapp explains that multiple openings can present a challenge. “You have to think about a family walking through, but you also have to have seating and room for entertaining. It’s important for the room to be functional, as well as gorgeous.”
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