When this small Brooklyn apartment in an 1880s brownstone was purchased, it had been vacant for years and its 1960s updates had been made with no consideration for the historic beauty of the space. This design called for the demolition of all non-original components of the apartment. The original plaster and woodwork was then repaired and refinished. New interventions were made in an honest, clearly contemporary mode with flexibility of use in mind. The result is a light, clean, efficient living space that honors the original architecture without compromising the current needs and desires of the owners.