This prom­i­nent cou­ple made their mark on a raw space at Two Lib­erty Place.

Bathed in neu­tral hues and sub­dued me­tal­lic ac­cents, a prom­i­nent cou­ple build their art deco dream home high in the sky.

Philadelphia Style - - CONTENTS - By Joann Greco // Pho­tog­ra­phy by Michael Hirsch

There it was, loom­ing above as they rounded a cor­ner of the 2,400- square-foot ter­race— squat and shiny and this­close. The steeped spire of One Lib­erty Place was a meta­phoric cherry on top that sealed the deal for two home­buy­ers al­ready en­chanted by the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the ex­pan­sive 46thfloor res­i­dence in its sis­ter tower.

“I thought the sight of it was just amaz­ing,” laughs the distaff side of the cou­ple. “I felt like Spi­der-man.”

Sold! Th is prom­i­nent cou­ple de­cided to re­lo­cate from Rit­ten­house Square for the chance to put their stamp on the com­pletely raw space at Two Lib­erty Place, which grew to 5,550 square feet when they com­bined three apart­ments. In 2009, they moved into their new res­i­dence, open­ing a cus­tom front door that had been stained a dark hue, adorned with a sil­ver knocker and fl anked by two al­abaster sconces.

In­side, Phil­a­del­phia-based in­te­rior de­signer Colby Cau­chon Lakhmna and car­pen­try com­pany Fab Dubrun­faut Wood­work­ing crafted an oval foyer that serves as the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to what waits be­yond. Shim­mer­ing sil­ver wall­pa­per plays off of a sil­ver, ebony and gold mo­saic tile fl oor, while a geo­met­ric brass chan­de­lier that once graced a Parisian ho­tel hangs con­tin­ued…

from a ceil­ing painted in sil­ver leaf.

Next, the de­sign­ers worked on com­pos­ing a set­ting for the cou­ple’s one- of- a-kind art deco fur­nish­ings and ac­cent pieces. They pulled the en­try­way’s glit­ter­ing tones through­out the home to add bling to the tau­pes, ivories and grays of the mas­ter suite and its twin dress­ing rooms, the stain­less- and gran­ite- clad kitchen, and the lav­ish bath­rooms. The sub­dued pal­ette takes a back seat to the vividly hued art and col­lectibles, which range from an orig­i­nal paint­ing by Bob Dylan (the cou­ple are huge fans) to works from the French ce­ram­ics work­shop, Longwy, whose cre­ations re­sem­ble cloi­sonné.

And while the dia­man­tine sparkle of the cou­ple’s col­lec­tion of Daum and Lalique crys­tal en­sures a cool el­e­gance, pops of pur­ple, wide- planked wal­nut fl oor­ing, and a mu­seum’s worth of built-in cab­i­netry crafted from ex­otic woods like Ma­cas­sar ebony, Swiss pear wood and pom­mele ve­neer add warmth and tex­ture to the home. con­tin­ued…

Ex­tra touches abound. Not one but two laun­dry rooms; not just a 1,500- bot­tle wine room but an en­tire but­ler’s pantry; not just a fire­place in the liv­ing room but a sleek bioethanol ver­sion that frames a pic­ture- per­fect view of the PSFS build­ing.

When the cou­ple sell this man­sion in the sky, it’s those vis­tas— of mes­mer­iz­ing bridges and neon-lit sky­scrapers— that they’ll miss most. As will the many guests who have gath­ered for evening soirées and fam­ily par­ties over the years. Point­ing to the Delaware River sparkling in the dis­tance, the home­owner thinks par­tic­u­larly of her five grand­chil­dren, all un­der the age of 6. “They call it ‘the beach’,” she says with a laugh. Melanie Ste­cura, Kur­fiss Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty, 1631 Lo­cust St., Ste. 300, 215.735.2225, kur­fiss.com

Clock­wise from top left: A con­tem­po­rary kitchen off­sets the home’s art deco infl uences; the 1,500- bot­tle wine room and ac­com­pa­ny­ing bar make en­ter­tain­ing a must; the cor­ner din­ing room; a siz­able ter­race fea­tures up­close views of Philly’s lofti­est sky­scrapers.

Clock­wise from top left: The mar­ble­clad mas­ter bath boasts plenty of stor­age; the home’s un­mis­tak­able art deco at­mos­phere is best felt in the liv­ing room; views abound in the un­der­stated mas­ter suite.

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