Landmark Restoration

Everything about this stunning renovation is larger than life



Shopping for home furnishings has been elevated to an art form with the opening of RH Greenwich, Restoration Hardware’s gallery and gardens in the historic post office building. The 1917 neoclassical building, once a hub for mailing packages and renewing passports, has been restored and transformed into 23,000 square feet of home-design inspiration. Is this a store or a lifestyle museum? The project is part of a larger effort by Restoration Hardware to restore significant architecture. “Great architecture is at the core of our design ethos,” says Gary Friedman, RH chairman and CEO.

Last year the company opened its largest store along with a wine bar, billiards lounge and pub in the former Boston Museum of Natural History. Here in Greenwich, the retailer has been working for several years with the town, preservationists and a team of architects to reimagine the landmark post office. Sausalito-based James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger acted as design architect working closely with Rich Granoff of Granoff Architects as project architect and Frank Prial of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects of New York as historical consultant. Much of the distinctive facade has been renewed: the original cast-iron-and-glass pendants, fully restored, still hang from its classical loggia supported by limestone Corinthian columns. But inside the main entrance’s five sets of French doors, visitors will find a dramatically different space filled with vignettes that showcase RH’s 2014 collection, indoors and out. Think grand bedrooms and elegant, oversized seating areas punctuated with dramatic lighting fixtures and accessories that echo the architecture, such as a pair of massive standing lamps with Corinthian columns as their base. The old loading dock has been converted into a courtyard landscaped with boxwoods, ivy and sugar maples.

While you’re browsing, stop by the Parisian Dammann Freres tea atelier stationed in an alcove at the base of the double staircase leading to a newly built second level. Upstairs, the conservatory-like space is flooded with light from skylights that span the length of the building. Side terraces are outfitted with plush outdoor seating. The new gallery is so inviting you’ll want to relax and stay awhile—and, perhaps, bring some of that style and comfort home with you.

310 Greenwich Avenue, 203-552-1040; rh.com

 

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