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KIPS BAY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB ANNOUNCES 41ST ANNUAL DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE
Upper East Side's Sharp Townhouse to be 2013 Decorator Show House
BRONX, NY (March 26, 2013) – Eighteen of the nation's most celebrated interior designers and architects will participate in this year's 41st Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House hosted by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, a renowned local youth development agency and flagship of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Each designer will spend the next five weeks transforming an assigned space of the impressive Sharp Townhouse, located at 161 East 64th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues in one of New York City's most picturesque neighborhoods. The house will be open to the public seven days a week, May 7 through June 4.
"Similar to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club mission to realize the full potential of New York City's children, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House will realize the full potential of this lovely home. The exquisite character of this grand house will provide a unique foundation for designers, and we are excited to see how they approach this year's challenge with their own designs," said Show House Chair and celebrated interior designer Bunny Williams.
Built in 1899 and measuring approximately 7,000 square feet, the Sharp Townhouse features a limestone façade in the Federal style, which stands out on the beautiful and quiet Manhattan street. Lofty ceilings, a graceful bronze and wrought-iron staircase, a stately dining room overlooking a two-story atrium, floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights inviting in natural light, and a private courtyard complete this unique home, while amenities including marble bathrooms, three ornate wood-burning fireplaces, an elevator, and two terraces overlooking magnificent views of the Upper East Side and Central Park add to its opulence.
The owner of this exceptional townhouse is Richard Sharp, a partner at the Milbank Tweed law firm. Mr. Sharp, an avid collector of Hudson River School art, is Chairman of the Board of The Olana Partnership, the non-profit support arm of Frederic Church's Olana.
Proceeds from the Decorator Show House, which attracts an estimated 20,000 visitors each year, benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, providing essential after-school and enrichment programs for youth ages 6 through 18 in ten locations throughout the Bronx.
2013 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Schedule:
- Tuesday, April 16 – Annual President's Dinner honoring Jennifer Steinbrenner, The New York Yankees, and Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director and President of the Museum of the City of New York; Mandarin Oriental Hotel; 7-10pm
- Monday, May 6 – Opening Night Cocktails; Park Avenue Armory; 5-9pm
- Tuesday, May 7 – Tuesday, June 4 – Kips Bay Decorator Show House open to the public (Monday, Wednesday, Friday-Sunday: 11am – 5pm; Tuesday, Thursday: 11am – 8pm); Tickets to tour the Show House are $35
About Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club
Since 1915, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has focused on improving and enhancing the lives of New York City's children who are economically, socially or recreationally disadvantaged. Each year, Kips Bay offers innovative programs to more than 12,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 at ten locations throughout the Bronx, with essential afterschool programs aimed to help them recognize their potential for growth and success. Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City and a "flagship" of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For more information, please visit www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.
Kips Bay Decorator Show House
Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art, and technology. This event began in 1973 when several dedicated supporters of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club launched the Decorator Show House to raise critical funds for much needed after school and enrichment programs for New York City children. Over the course of four decades, this project has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and is renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world.
The Show House receives as many as 20,000 guests annually from across the nation. Since its inception, the Show House has raised over $17 million for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.
"We are honored to have such an accomplished team of designers and architects and look forward to seeing how each chooses to transform their assigned room. With this impressive team, we hope to surpass this year's fund-raising goal for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which has a tremendous impact on both our region and the nation's youth," said Bunny Williams, celebrated interior designer and this year's Show House Chair.
An estimated 20,000 people are expected to tour the finished Show House which serves as the nonprofit organization's premier fundraiser.
Designers and architects participating in this year's Decorator Show House include:
Andrew Suvalsky Designs
Barbara Ostrom Associates
Dineen Architecture + Design PC
Eve Robinson Associates
Felicia Zwebner Design
Garcia / Maldonado, Inc.
Huniford Design Studio
Jack Levy Design
Judy King Interiors
Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles & Design
Kristen McGinnis Design Inc.
Monica Rich Kosann Photography
Nievera Williams Design
Robert Brown Interior Design
Sara Story Design
Stephen Mooney Interiors
West Chin Architect, PLLC