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Atelier Van Houten Story by Abby Luby | Photography by Andrea B. Swenson Where Artistic Inspiration Flourishes Light infused energy sweeps you off your feet when you walk into Atelier Van Houten, former home of ar4st/designer Fritz Krieger. Using daylight as his muse, Krieger redesigned and drama4cally reconstructed the 19th century house, draw- ing our gaze towards the invigora4ng panorama of the Hudson River. The cool, effervescent aura throughout the four-story house exacts Krieger's affinity for elegance, nuanced with ar3ul lines and shapes hailing from Victorian, neo classical and Grecian design elements. The 1873 structure was orig- inally built as a bakery whose basement floor entry was on Van Houten Street. Today, the large industrial room with brick walls and built-in old-style bread oven, was one of Krieger's studios and many of his works are s4ll there. Krieger first saw the river town house in the Van Houten Landing historic district in the late 1990s and instantly fell in love with it. He created masterful sketches of the house, weaving into his drawings an inten4on to eventually own the 2,200 square foot house. He envisioned a home and workplace conducive to ar3ul expression where ideas could flow freely – hence "Atelier" – ar4st's studio. Accord- ing to one of his oldest friends, Arlene Rodgers, Krieger's discerning eye could perfectly replicate a structure to scale on paper. When he finally purchased the house in 2000 Exterior of east side of home. Note the Georgian styling on the exterior with the fanciful trim work around the windows, Chinese Chippendale and antique iron- work railings on top two porches. HOOK Magazine august/September 2020 46

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