In Brooklyn Heights, The Standish at 171 Columbia Heights, developed by DDG and Westbrook Partners and designed, managed and constructed by DDG, has launched a model residence curated by Atelier Armbruster that captures the elegance of the late Beaux-Arts period at the turn of the century through statement and classic design pieces.


Located on a tree-lined street of brick and brownstone townhouses, minutes from the East River, The Standish was originally built in 1903. DDG worked to maintain the pre-war style architectural details – such as the oversized arch windows and classic trims, while bringing the building up to date for the demands of modern life.


DDG is behind the Manhattan residences 12 Warren and XOCO 325, that draw on local architectural history, and the upcoming 180 East 88th, with its soaring exposed concrete sky-high arches that echo New York’s past and future.


The last-remaining residence at 171 Columbia Heights has been coined The Standish Townhouse – named after The Standish Arms Hotel, a glamorous pit-stop for visitors in New York City when Brooklyn Heights was a growing neighborhood – the Williamsburg Bridge had just been completed at this time and opened up new access to Brooklyn.


The residence, one-of-a-kind within the building, is a 4,434 square foot multi-level home, with four-plus bedrooms, four bathrooms and two powder rooms. Ceiling heights soar over 12’ and a 780 square foot private garden runs the length of the home.


NYC-based Atelier Armbruster chose modernist furniture pieces such as the Noguchi Sofa, a travertine coffee table by Paul McCobb and the Hans Wegner Flag chair for the residence. Working with a neutral color palette, contemporary design from HAY, IKEA and West Elm, provides a clean and practical aesthetic for the pieces to shine, while colorful oversized canvases by American artist Paul Michael Graves complete the eclectic yet elegant approach.