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A Former East Village School With an Egyptian Wing

And a Grecian guest room.
THE KITCHEN AND DINING AREA The dining table was fashioned from floor joists that had been removed to make the double-height studio downstairs, and the chairs were painted by Kim MacConnel. Owner Izhar Patkin made the standing Venetian-glass floor lamp. The floor-to-ceiling mural is by Scooter LaForge, whose wall paintings appear throughout the sprawling loft.

I REMEMBER PICKING UP the phone and telling my friends, ‘I did something crazy—but let’s do it together,’” says artist Izhar Patkin. This was 1994, and he had hastily put a down payment on an abandoned East Village public school that was newly up for sale. It took some convincing, but Patkin assembled a band

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