The building was constructed in 1892 as a single-family row house, part of a unified block of five. The exterior detailing is considered Flemish Revival architecture and was the inspiration for the name of our Bed & Breakfast. In the 1920s the four row houses to our east were torn down for construction of the 15-story luxury cooperative next door. Sometime between World Wars I and II, the building was divided into apartments. Fortunately, many original features of the home were saved.
The first floor front apartment was the original double parlor, and the first floor rear studio apartment was the formal dining room. The upper floors contained bedroom suites for the family, which are now studio and one-bedroom apartments.
Your hosts, Mike Maczka and Tom Warnke, live in the building. We bought the property in July of 1997 and since then have undertaken a sensitive renovation program. Vintage amenities vary, but our guest apartments feature some combination of wood-paneled rooms, fireplaces, in-laid wood floors, high ceilings, and decorative moldings. We have chosen an English Arts & Crafts motif for the decor, popular in the late-Victorian period. Beds include all-cotton linens, wool and cotton blankets, down comforters and both down and hypoallergenic pillows. All kitchens are totally new and self-contained with refrigerator, gas range, sink, microwave oven, dishes, cookware and utensils. Bathrooms have updated fixtures and tile. Each apartment includes individually-controlled air conditioning and a flat screen television with High Definition (HD) cable channels.
High-speed wireless internet (Wi-Fi) access available in all guest rooms. Guests can send and receive e- mail, surf the Internet, access Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and more from their own laptop computers.