Philadelphia Home: Photos of Knit Wit Owner Ann Gitter’s Carriage House

Built in an era when horses and carriages clip-clopped along the city’s streets, the circa-­1860 carriage house of Knit Wit owner Ann Gitter­ tells a tale of Philadelphia’s history while pointing to its stylish and modern future.

Mix Master

An open hallway acts as the second floor’s central artery, running the length of the 30-by-80-foot rectangular house and leading to the master bedroom. A glass floor panel offers a look at the gallery-like room below, and marks the spot where bales of hay were once dropped down to waiting­ horses. Hand-plastered walls, red pine floors, original brick and a cathedral skylight add dimension. 

Chair Pairs

Antique plank chairs sit beside a half-moon table with castors.­ Above hangs a pair of folk art drawings by a young Amish girl. “The perspective’s all wrong and they’re immature,­ but there’s something about them,” says Ann. “They just make me happy, and they take the formality­ out of everything.”

Form and Function

 With built-in bookshelves, Oriental rugs, a custom vanity, a glass-walled shower
so sleek it’s nearly invisible, and not even a hint of tile, the master bathroom looks like another living space.

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