and arraying them against the building’s outside walls. They are connected by a 40-foot-long
gallery that opens to the apartment’s entry foyer,
which doubles as a dining room for large parties.
Here, Fitzpatrick, who serves on the board of Save
Venice Inc., an international nonprofit founded
in response to the epic flood of 1966 to preserve
that city’s artistic heritage, displays a photo
collage she created using images of Venice. It
hangs above a fireplace, which is flanked with
antique Fortuny sconces. On the mantel sit a pair
of gondola oar rests. A round, tufted ottoman
upholstered in champagne-colored silk reflects
her penchant for glamour.
“In this neutral, classic space, the furnishings are choice and few,” Van Boven says.
As in the living room, the master bedroom
decor is a mix of furniture from different periods
and places. There are a pair of Ruhlmann club
chairs, an early-19th-century Georgian mirror,
and an India-inspired Lucite side table. Against a
backdrop of upholstered walls, draperies stitched
from the same champagne-colored silk, and a
white tufted headboard, the furniture ranges from
the early 19th century to today, demonstrating
the compatibility of superior pieces from varying eras and origins.
In the master bath, opalescent glass tiles run
between large marble pavers. “It’s classic design
with a bit of sparkle,” Van Boven says. “The