This renovation opened up the previous 1970’s “mini-loft” conversion of a landmarked historic cast iron building. The standard developer galley kitchen was converted to an open kitchen with a center island. The very standard bathroom was replaced with a custom sink, shower and soaking tub, all clad in mosaic glass tile. An interesting feature of the custom sink is the drain where the water seemingly disappears into the wall. One corner of the shower was removed and replaced with translucent glass in order to allow some natural light into the bathroom. In the entry this same glass transitions into a two story light wall. On the second floor of the duplex the guardrails were replaced with double sided book-shelves that are accessed by a rolling ladder from the living area below. The existing ships ladder from the first to second floor was replaced with a semi “floating” stair of oak plank.