The 1947 neocolonial by Paul williams, the celebrated African American architect to the stars, beckoned to interior designer Tom Boland as he shopped for an apartment ten years ago. Luckily the owner of the building, a former dancer with Tito Puente, favored tenants in the arts. “She asked me if I knew who Paul Williams was,” Boland remembers. He did. Now Boland, who has made a practice of recombining a small trove of pieces wherever he’s lived, uses his keepsakes to give the space, where the trees have formed a thick canopy, an urban flair.
Photographs by Joe Schmezler