Monday, January 18, 2010
Totally in His Element
AFICIONADO Donald Albrecht, a curator of architecture and design, in his prewar apartment.
By CONSTANCE ROSENBLUM
Published: January 14, 2010
SOME New Yorkers long to live in spanking new apartment buildings outfitted with sleekly designed lobbies and basement health clubs. To many other New Yorkers, nothing is as desirable as a prewar apartment, with its artfully arranged rooms and walls so thick that some latter-day residents have trouble getting wi-fi service.
And it would be hard to find a more passionate admirer of this type of housing than Donald Albrecht, 58, the curator of architecture and design at the Museum of the City of New York, who also works as an independent curator.
“Prewar apartments had well-defined spaces,” he pointed out, “along with interstitial spaces off the main spaces, such as foyers and hallways, that gave the illusion of even more space. And when it came to one-bedroom apartments, there seemed to be the feeling that they had to have lots of amenities, like closets, fireplaces and large kitchens.”
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