Following the cancellation of the Brooklyn Heights house tour because the age of ubiquitous social media made homeowners uneasy, the Brooklyn Heights Association is presenting Showhouse at 32 Livingston Street from 11 am – 5 pm every day except Monday through November 5. Last entry is at 4 pm.
Showhouse features the work of more than a dozen designers, along with products for the home, wallpaper, furniture, and fixtures, many of them created right here in the borough. The admission price of $40 ($35 for BHA members) will include a journal. Reservations are not required, and you can purchase tickets here.
Architect and designer Glenn Gissler moved to Brooklyn Heights about five years ago after nearly 30 years in lower Manhattan. A long-standing attraction to historic homes and historic districts, and his decades-long involvement in historic preservation make him a perfect fit for the project.
“I love the rich neighborhood architecture and the ‘pride of place’ the residents of Brooklyn Heights have about their neighborhood,” wrote Gissler in an e-mail. “I jumped at the opportunity to help out the BHA, meet more people from the neighborhood, and work with my colleagues at New York Cottages & Gardens.”
Taken with the “remarkable scale and proportion of the rooms, and the amount of original detail still intact,” Gissler designed the living room at 32 Livingston.
“Respecting the architecture of the grand-scaled room, we applied a subtle Farrow & Ball striae wallpaper on the walls and a wallpaper with gold bee silhouettes on the ceiling,” he wrote. “A perfectly scaled antique Khorassan carpet from Nazmiyal anchors the floor and reinforces the history of the home. We added a complex but understated mix of mostly vintage and antique furnishings and accessories from exemplary New York dealers, and a selection of bold 1950-60’s works of art from Berry Campbell Gallery – all sourced from 1st Dibs!”
The space also features the work of Heights resident Jennifer Eisenstadt, whose room is pictured at the top. (Photo courtesy of the BHA.)
Showhouse opened on September 29 and was, said Gissler, “a huge success, with lots of positive energy from BH neighbors and my industry colleagues.”