Brownstone on Buttles


A once empty lot has became the street’s most desired address.

For many years, the famous Freshwater House in the Victorian Village sat neighbor-less with a vacant lot occupying the space on the mansion’s east side.  The lot played host to croquet tournaments and ComFest overflow; but in early 2005, The Arms Properties broke ground on a multi-million dollar project of four brownstone-style townhouses, like one rarely sees in Columbus, Ohio.  Reminiscent of brownstones in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, NY, the town homes of 104-110 Buttles Ave. finally complete the boulevard of eclectic homes overlooking Goodale Park.  With a taste of historic character, this turn of the century design boasts classic style with the convenience of ultra-modern design.

The most contemporary of these four brownstones is unit 108.  The owners clearly set out to create a living space of comfort, ease and minimalist design.  In this featured home, form follows function where everything in every room has a purpose, but is also striking to the eye.  Take the living room for instance: Clean lines and minimal color make this gathering room enjoyable for relaxing.  The leather sofa is a Libre Modular by David Marcoski and wraps around a classic table by Isamu Noguchi, flanked at the end by another classic table by Eileen Gray.  These three focal pieces show good design never goes out of style.  The two swivel chairs function as part of the conversation area and swivel when needed to view the retractable 47” plasma television set beyond the fireplace.  The living room’s focus is drawn to the dramatic fireplace with an incredible, signed Picasso print above - the perfect spot in the house for such a dramatic piece of art.

Around the staircase and past the elevator (yes, this three story home boasts a three person elevator) lays a gourmet kitchen fit for any chef.  It features stainless steel appliances that contrast sharply against the stained ebony cabinets.  Beautiful granite countertops surround the large stainless sink, with an exaggerated industrial faucet that is sculptural as well as functional.  The glass tile backsplash has a reflective quality like the appliances, creating light play when one looks at it. 

On the other side of the kitchen is the large dining area with seating for 10 at the simple, black dining table, surrounded by classic white chairs by designer Vernon Panton.  In this room the minimalist concept is again repeated, but creates intimacy between curves and straight lines.  The most exciting feature in the dining room is the chandelier called Dreams by Ingo Maurer.  This dramatic work of light could leave you staring for hours, ignoring the meal set before you. 

Taking the elevator or the stairs will lead guests down to the more “used spaces” of this home.  Though not featured in this piece, the lower level features a home office/guest room, furnished primarily by Design Within Reach, and a cozy family room with an impressive 60” plasma television and home theatre system. 

Heading back upstairs to the second level, one will find the definition of a master bedroom suite.  The plush, California shag carpeting from Abbey Carpet in Grandview is soft on the feet and adds a touch of coziness to the room.  The platform bed with white linens creates the feeling of a cloud resting in the center of the room. 

Rounding out the master suite is a remarkable master bath that is a spa at home.  Phillipe Starck graces the room with his incredibly designed faucets, making them look more sculptural than simply functional. The soaking tub with bath oils and candles creates an atmosphere where one can spend hours pampering oneself, while enjoying the fabulous, second-story view of Goodale Park.  This bathroom’s all-glass shower helps to create openness in the large space, with a waterfall rain-head shower adding to the home-spa feeling. 

When leaving this stunning home, one is reminded of an Escher painting, looking down the descending stairs from the third floor to the lower level.  The simple railing and knoll-posts help to emphasize the endless flights of stairs.  This modern brownstone has a continuous flow of minimalist performance throughout every room.  It is pleasing to see a space clean of clutter, letting ones eyes relax and take pleasure in the shapes, textures and space of what has become 108 Buttles Ave.

To contact Chris King, call or visit:
Manifesto Inc Interior Design
468 City Park Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614.461.4566