Full Renovation Of Pre-War Co-Op In Manhattan | 1035 5th Avenue

About This Renovation

Our recent renovation at 1035 5th Avenue found us in the middle of quintessential Manhattan. Overlooking Central Park, this beautiful Italian Renaissance Palazzo co-op is located on Fifth and 85th street, just down the street from The Met. When our client purchased this 4,000 square foot pre-war property, the space hadn’t been updated in more than 50 years. The vision for this renovation called for a complete design overhaul of the extensive space, while incorporating many of the prior architectural elements and elegant marble accents, while also creating an additional bathroom and powder room. While the results speak for themselves, the client’s glowing praise for our full-service approach went a long way. 

Job Type
Pre-War Co-Op Renovation
Design By Gallery
Central Park, Upper East Side, Manhattan
1035 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York, NY
10 Months

Full Renovation Without Gut Requires Fine Touch 

Typically, when fully renovating a pre-war apartment in NYC, the job often welcomes a gut renovation, in order to fully customize and modernize the dated space as needed. However, in the case of this 4,000 square foot historic home, the architectural accents and original marble offer one-of-a-kind design opportunities that add and maintain value, so a full gut renovation was out of the question. 

For us, the biggest challenge became protecting those distinguished details, while also blending into new additions so the final look was cohesive. That fine touch required an immense amount of customization and specific trims to match existing, along with floor restoration in the majority of the home that included stitching to large portions of the original parquet flooring to ensure proper blend. We also rewired 60% of the property, which required strategic openings to ensure nothing of pre-war significance was altered. To honor the marble accents throughout the space, we polished every surface and matched certain epoxies when required to get as close as possible to the original look and feel.

Immaculate Millwork Throughout

To match the foundational pre-war details, our transitional design plan called for accentuating the millwork throughout the space. The focal point of this immaculate woodwork is the library, which features wall to wall white oak shelving and paneled millwork throughout the entire space. Focal point features in the kitchen and family room exhibit extensive millwork upgrades as well, as do the bedrooms. The kids room features a custom white oak bunk-bed that is built floor-to-ceiling with steps on the side for easy and safe access. 

Custom Indoor Outdoor HVAC Installation

Another significant challenge when renovating this pre-war co-op was creating central air in the space without having to drop ceilings that would impact the period aesthetics, or more importantly block any of the Central Park views. Our solution was a true split HVAC called a VRV system, which we placed in the back laundry room. This required us to turn the space into a formal indoor/outdoor room that allowed the condenser to have circulation of fresh air from outside while still being well-insulated by residing inside. To do this, we removed a window and created an automatic louver that opens and closes accordingly as the VRV system cycles on and off. The room is also equipped with a drainage system so any water managing to trickle inside immediately gets drained. Finally, we ran heat trace lines on all the plumbing pipes so they’ll never freeze, as a secondary measure beyond insulation.

Additional Highlights

  • Restored Marble Fireplace
  • Various Lighting & Moulding Updates 
  • Paint Throughout With Accent Wallpaper Installations

Considering a co-op renovation in NYC? View our portfolio of condo renovation before and afters, learn more about Gallery, or simply contact us today.We are an award-winning design-build firm in New York City with a full-service approach to residential renovations that includes everything from interior design and architectural services to facilitating building management and board approval, to construction and construction management. We’re experts in renovating pre-war homes, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, sourcing custom pieces, building entirely new rooms (or even balconies), millwork, and all that falls in between. Let Gallery bring your dream home to life.


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Upper West Side, Manhattan, NY.
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Upper East Side, Manhattan, NY.
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Jason C
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY.
I enthusiastically recommend Gallery, who did a superb job renovating our once decrepit 2-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn Heights. The project involved a full kitchen and bathroom renovation, as well as new electrical, refinished floors, new doors, new baseboards, and some rearranged bedroom closets. What is more, when I have them the wrong paint color for my daughter’s bedroom, and the team started to paint that color, they got the paint I wanted and corrected the “mistake” (which has actually been my mistake) and didn’t charge me for that either. I’d choose them again 100 times over and definitely recommend them to anyone considering a similar project.
Jane M
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY.
We interviewed about 8 different companies before hiring a contractor for our apartment renovations. Although Gallery was not the cheapest option, we chose them based on their upfront billing format, high client reviews, and depth of knowledge. We loved how it was a “one stop shop” and were paying one bill, up front. Everything was very transparent and we could not be happier with the results! Our apartment looks exactly how we imagined. Thank you!!
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Gramercy Park, Manhattan, NY.
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