“It hadn’t been shown much attention in decades,” says the wife, who, after seeing the
work of Jean Verbridge, principal of Siemasko + Verbridge in Beverly, Massachusetts, online,
established a trans-Atlantic relationship with the interior designer.
The couple felt Verbridge’s aesthetic reflected their own — tradition combined with a
mad dash of Modern — but worried how she might respond once she saw the place in person.
They had good reason to be concerned. Over the years, the single-level 4,300-square-foot
apartment had endured a number of residential, commercial, and academic configurations,
In preparation for a return to the States after years
away, an optimistic couple bought the top floor of an
1846 Italianate town house in Boston on the sheer
power of its potential.
the sculptural staircase
offers an impressive welcome
from the apartment entry
(above left). Cabinets with
leaded glass by Daniel Maher of
flank the passageway to the
family room. Painted book-shelves in the living room
(above right) set off the marble
fireplace, and a pair of arched
doorways lead to the office on
the other side of the wall.