From Church to jewel-toned bar – NY

A former 19th-century church on Park Avenue in New York’s Flatiron district has transformed into a members-only bar and lounge with the sulky, jewel-toned interiors by acclaimed design practice Roman and Williams, and an eclectically curated menu of signature cocktails and rare spirits.
Originally built in the 1860s in the Gothic revival style by James Renwick Jr., the architect who designed St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the brownstone landmark only served as a church for a few years before becoming a school for girls. The building’s religious and scholastic history was perfectly aligned with Chapel Bar which was conceived in Josh Wyatt’s words, CEO of Fotografiska and NeueHouse, as “a sanctuary for culture – a place to worship art, photography, fashion and music in a chic setting, surrounded by creative and curious individuals”.
Refurbished by architecture practice CetraRuddy, the team behind the renovation of the adjoining Church Missions House, the former church has been transformed into an intimate, seductive venue whose sumptuous interiors belie a monastic sensibility. Interior designers Roman and Williams, who were also responsible for the museum’s fine dining restaurant Ver?nika, combined a warm, earthy colour palette with soft textures and low illumination imbuing the space with a soothing, cozy ambience, sumptuously complemented by velvet banquettes and ottomans in burgundy and green hues. Taking advantage of the building’s imposing height, a magnificent crystal chandelier draws the eye to the building’s elaborately carved roof beams as do the dreamy floral installations by Floratorium.

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