Does this brilliant white townhouse look familiar?

It certainly could, considering the worldwide display this New York beauty has received on websites and in magazines the past few years.

The glossy exposure was due to the style and elegance of the late 19th-century townhouse at 178 Garfield Place, Brooklyn, NY listed on the market in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.

It is the design and decorative coup of J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons and her estranged husband, artist Vincent Mazeau, who are reportedly headed for divorce.

Despite reports that a settlement might include the famous home going to Mazeau, the property was just listed for sale for $3,750,000. Lyons and Mazeau bought the place in 2004 for $1,308,000 and had it knocked back to the studs for a delicious remodel.

The work was done by architect Ken Levinson, who featured the project on his website:

“A townhouse gut renovation retained the historic 19th Century detail, yet introduced modern conveniences such as high-efficiency central heating/air-conditioning while giving expression to the sensibilities of this fashion designer/sculptor couple and their young son.”

After several years of photo shoots and splashy spreads, the 4-story, 7-bedroom, 20-foot wide home is officially open for public consumption — and sale.

Listing details include an open double parlor, beautiful plaster cornices, aged pine floors, and “7 restored limestone mantels are just a few of the special details of this magnificent house.” Actually, it is a two-family, with a renovated garden rental apartment.

With so much incredible publicity over the years for this house, buyers can get a pretty good idea about just how wonderfully this townhouse can get dressed up for the cameras, like these shots by photographer Melanie Acevedo.



About the Author

Laura Vecsey is a former sports columnist, news reporter and politics writer and has worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Baltimore Sun, Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union and Harrisburg Patriot-News. She was also a regional editor with She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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