In Hudson, New York, tucked along an alleyway, is a former carriage house from the late 1800s. Repurposed into a bright, airy loft with an unmistakable industrial vibe, the home is finished in red brick work, punctuated by yellow barn doors and mullioned windows. Hudson is known as a creative and progressive river town – a haven for artists, musicians and entrepreneurs. Illustrating that point are current owners, Alex and Pernille Lindsay. He runs Modern Arts Packaging, a firm that produces high-end shopping bags for companies like Tom Ford, Cartier and Coach; she is a celebrated jewelry designer born and raised in Denmark who heads Pernille Wager Jewelry.
“We’ve lived here for 10 years and have updated and renovated the home,” comments Alex Lindsay. “There are four living rooms in the house; one of them is my wife’s closet since she is also a fashion designer. My favorite room is the master bath because it has a gigantic tub.” Removing wooden barn doors that covered several windows was a priority, and they were re-installed as room separators, adding one of many distinctive architectural details to the interior.
Towering ceiling heights of up to 28 feet rise above clearly defined areas for living, entertaining, working, eating and sleeping. This gives each distinct space a cozy sensibility in a scale that never feels overwhelming. Vintage appointments such as the use of multiple hardwoods, exposed trusses, barn siding, concrete and wide plank wood floors, a hand-drawn carriage elevator with original wrought iron and rope pulley system and period eyebrow windows are among the one-of-a-kind design elements. The couple lovingly displays eclectic treasures from around the world, including rare books, gilt-framed oil paintings, sculptures and whimsical décor like a mannequin and taxidermy caribou head, all of which lend character to this inimitable home.
As they both work in artistic fields, Alex notes the layout works well as a home/work space. “Downstairs is my office and my wife’s studio. The light is amazing from all the windows.” The soaring ceiling in the center of the ground floor’s conference room opens up to the top of the living room, another way the vast spaces stay connected. Alex’s amazing collection of colorful shopping bags includes many framed examples, like an iconic Campbell’s tomato soup can shopping bag by Andy Warhol dating back to 1964.
Although the home’s expansive footprint takes up most of the surrounding property, a surprise awaits at the top of a staircase ascending from the second level. The huge rooftop garden offers views extending westward for magnificent panoramas of the Hudson River, Catskill Mountains and antique structures in this captivating downtown.
The Lindsays have enjoyed living and working in Hudson. “We are right in the middle of town and there are endless places to go. Within 20 feet of our home is a new restaurant and bar called Governor’s Tavern and a few steps away is a fantastic new hotel on Warren Street. There are parks along the river, a boat club and another new hotel opening down there. It’s a wonderful town with lots of cultural events; we always have a choice of many things to do every weekend,” Alex shares. “We do quite a bit of entertaining, and the home can easily accommodate 100 people.”
Located in a commercial zone, future uses of the home might include a restaurant, bar, club, art gallery or yoga studio. Scenic Hudson is about 120 miles north of New York City, and an Amtrak train ride to midtown Manhattan is about two and a half hours each way. “Hudson is the second most-popular station on our Amtrak line,” Alex adds. “It’s become a big wedding destination for people from New York City and all over.” Other notable sites in and around Hudson include Olana, home to Frederic Edwin Church, a major figure in the Hudson River School of American landscape painters, and historic Bard College, he notes.
Relocation plans for the couple are still up in the air, but Alex said he will miss this remarkable home and its flexible floor plan. “It is a totally unique, special place.”
Photography Courtesy of Michel Arnaud.
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