It may seem like déjà vu but the annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House is just around the corner yet again. After postponing its Spring 2010 opening to Fall, the standard dates are back in place and the event is taking shape for what promises to be a smooth Spring 2011 opening.
An Upper East Side neo-federal landmark mansion has been selected as the venue for what will be the most high-profile renovation project in the country. The 163 East 63rd Street residence was once owned by John Hay "Jock" Whitney and boasts unique historic details acquired during his travels abroad. The four-story home contains 16 rooms and 10,000-square-feet.
The interior designers, landscape artists and photographers participating in this year’s Show House are as follows: Amanda Nisbet, Aurelien Gallet, Barbara Ostrom, Bilotta Kitchens of New York, Brad Ford, Campion Platt, Cayley Barrett, Stephen Fanuka, Richard Heller, Gunn Landscapes, Harry Heissmann, Jamie Herzlinger, Jeff Lincoln, Celerie Kemble, Mary McDonald, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Richard Mishaan, and Robert Stillin.
163 East 63rd Street today and in 1924 (right). Photo courtesy The New York Times by G. Paul Burnett and the Architecture/Office for Metropolitan History
The annual black tie President’s Preview and Dinner will be held April 21; Opening Night cocktail benefit will be April 27; and general tours will take place April 28 - May 26 for $30.
The 2011 Show House Chairperson is Mrs. W. Ward Carey. The event raises approximately $1 million annually for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, a non-profit organization that provides essential after-school and enrichment programs for more than 12,000 young people at 10 locations in the Bronx. The show house receives as many as 20,000 visitors during its four-week run and has raised more than $17 million since its inception in 1973.
For ticket sales and information for all events related to the 39th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House, please call (718) 893-8600 ext 245.