Maggie Betts unwinds with her French bulldog, Duchess, in the living room of her Manhattan town house, which was renovated with the help of her mother, Lois Betts; architect James G. Rogers III along with the firm dMAD; and designer Paris Grant; antique French settee in Colefax and Fowler silk. Photo courtesy Max Burkhalter
Rogers McCagg residential projects promise to be extraordinary, as this recent mention in Architectural Digest proves.
Rogers McCagg residential projects promise to be extraordinary and this recent unique assignment proved just that! This recent article in Architectural Digest on filmmaker Maggie Betts’ 19th-century Manhattan townhouse takes you through the thought process behind an inspiring re-imagined home.
“The idea was to restore the town house to its authentic Victorian self,” Maggie notes of the mid-19th-century Anglo-Italianate building, one of two twin structures erected by a stonemason for his daughters.” says Betts, “Over the years it had been subdivided, but original carved-stone mantels, inlaid mirrors, and paneling remained.”
“A balcony and glass-enclosed extension, for example, were added to the rear façade, while the kitchen moved into what was the dining room’s traditional spot on the parlor level. And they installed a dumbwaiter that’s so generous and sturdy, Maggie says, “I could climb in if I wanted to.”