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The blueprint

John and Catherine Gillespie bought their old house in the city in 2000 and have renovated the downstairs to resemble as much as possible the way it looked when it was built more than 80 years. Designed by architect Duane Lyman, the home features steel-beam construction, linen fold oak walls in some areas and leaded glass windows, mostly colored, throughout. The 9,000-square foot house includes two apartments in addition to the Gillespies' living quarters.

A look inside the Gillespies' home:

The layout: The first floor includes a roomy foyer and 50-foot-long hallway; renovated kitchen; a 22-by-22 dining room; 600-square-foot living room; den, and two powder rooms. Four bedrooms are found on the second floor; one is used as a computer room. The house also has a basement game room; three full baths, and two apartments.

The floors: Travertine marble in the foyer. Green marble in the hallway. Oak floors with black walnut strips between the planks in the living and dining rooms. The Gillespies removed the tiles in the kitchen and restored the heart pine floors underneath.

Details: This is a house where guests definitely need to look up. Among the highlights are beam ceilings in the living room. Barrel plaster ceiling in the front hall. Very ornate barrel plaster ceiling in the dining room, and much more.

Outside: A circular drive in front. A flagstone terrace out back. Originally, the servants had their own courtyard on the side, with access to milk box, ice box, basement and "bicycle room." Today, the tenants have part of that terrace.

Her studio: Catherine Gillespie's studio takes up much of the four-car garage. Windows were added to brighten up the space, and it is heated.

-- Susan Martin

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