The site at 47 Arch Street is part of the historic streetscape in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut. The building is a beautiful example of Queen Anne Victorian architecture and was built in 1892 as a private residence. The 3,000 square feet home was renovated in the 1970’s and 1980’s to accommodate executive offices which stripped it of most of its original detailing inside. The clients presented us with the challenge of restoring the building and to create an art inspired luxury concept store and café. Four floors in total were to be renovated with each room containing a different theme and retail purpose. 
The interior was fully demolished down to the original framing. All new wiring, plumbing and HVAC were installed to accommodate the new layout and function of the spaces. The existing walls and windows were not insulated, therefore spray-foam insulation and new insulated windows were installed to bring it up to current standards. Custom cabinetry was designed to ensure the detailing would be period correct and fit seamlessly in the spaces. Several existing pieces were salvaged, restored and installed to bring back the original splendor of the Victorian era interiors. Old stair panelling was buried under walls that were installed in the previous renovations. That panelling was restored and moved to the main stair wall going up to the second floor. The original front door was also restored and put back in place after being put in storage for the last 40 years. The overarching goal was to make all the work appear original to the building for a seamless restoration. 
All Photos:  Copyright Melani Lust Photography 2016