Kevin had wanted to gut the bar, which occupies the ground floor of the early addition, but David talked him into keeping it. "I was stuck on the image of a basement bar in a suburban tract house, with neon beer signs on it, so I had to bring myself around to thinking of a bar in our house—and now it's one of our favorite rooms," Kevin says. "We left the brick floor and the bar itself, which is partly made from old doors. I saved one of the restaurant tables because the top is made from the hatch cover of an old ship. And I'm told it was Norman Mailer's favorite table."
The old bar still takes up the first floor of the 1790 addition. It retains its original brick floor and a table made from the hatch cover of an old ship, its iron handles still attached on the underside.
Cushions fabricated by Imperial Decorating, Queens, NY; 718-849-3383Linen fabric: graylinelinen.comProfessor's chair: restorationhardware.com