Federal-style rowhouse exterior renovation
Photo: John W. Taylor
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Bold Federal Rowhouse (Before)

The right shade of paint can make your house stand out...in a good way. But in the case of this 1820s Federal-style rowhouse, the paint covering the cracked stucco was downright repellent, more "exhumed corpse" than soothing gray, says the homeowner. Even worse, people walking by wouldn't notice the house at all—a grave injustice considering its historic significance as the oldest wood-framed house on the far west side of New York City's Greenwich Village.
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