Neil Patrick Harris’ Harlem Remodel in Architectural Digest
It has been a good year for Neil Patrick Harris. He was chosen to host the Academy Awards this Feb. 22, won a Tony for his starring role in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and now he has landed on the cover of March’s Architectural Digest, the arbiter of good taste in home design.
Harris and hubby David Burtka, an actor and chef, invited AD to photograph and comment upon their newly renovated Harlem townhouse, which they share with 4-year-old twins Harper and Gideon and two dogs. The 19th-century building, accented by dark wood staircases and wainscoting, was remodeled by interior designer Trace Lehnhoff in collaboration with architecture firm Povero & Company.
Harlem is now the Brooklyn of Manhattan, in terms of upwardly mobile types leaving SoHo and the Upper West Side for the northern reaches of the city. Celebs also flock to Harlem to eat — Katy Perry, Denzel Washington and Prince routinely travel uptown for red velvet cake, soul food and chicken wings at Red Rooster, Melba’s and Sylvia’s restaurants.
NPH bought the 8,000-square-foot townhouse in July 2013 for $ 3.6 million. The yearlong renovation now features:
- Jonathan Adler light fixture hovering over the living room, which includes a fireplace.
- Music room walls covered with Donghia fabric.
- Kitchen with Wolf range and hood, plus Holly Hunt pendant lights hanging over a quartz island.
- Kids room with Flash Gordon lithograph and Keith Haring chair.
- Space for Harris’ production company offices and a screening room.
Harris and Burtka, who married in September in Italy, had lived with the kids in Los Angeles while Harris was working on “How I Met Your Mother,” which was supposed to be a short chapter in his life but lasted nine seasons.
“But the plan was always to come back to New York when the show ended and raise our family,” Harris told AD.