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New York Spaces Magazine

A magazine edited by Rita Guarna

Siren Call

Michael Ottavi discovered that the Fire Department's deactivated firehouse Engine #154 was for sale, and he acquired it, both for business and residence. Its location is a short walk from the famous Staten Island Ferry. The site, on a bit of a hill, overlooks New York Harbor. The building was virtually a shell; therefore, he retained us to design his new quarters. Antique cars displayed on the first-floor and a gallery for a collection of 75 Handel lamps on the second-floor as well as a collection of large turn-off-the-century posters in the third-floor triplex residence, summarize the program. Vignettes of the building--its site & interior--sketch an impression of the total scope of the project which includes: master bedroom and bathroom raised-platforms, new windows & rooftop greenhouse, elevator, and mechanical & electrical systems.At the time, my inclusion in the book "High Tech" by Joan Kron & Susan Slesin (a chapter on railings, page 51--the Left Bank Restaurant) and the connection to Joe D'Urso as my Pratt professor (and substantially in "High Tech"), influenced my design.