Inside a Victorian house in New York, a man has turned his home into a massive art gallery.
The house, once a warehouse, has become a gallery, and the owner hopes to transform the abandoned building into a museum, as well as a gallery for a future collection of art.
“I have been looking for something that would allow me to make my house look like an art museum,” said the unnamed man, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the media.
“This house is really important to me, it’s my home, it was a warehouse.”
The man said he bought the house in the 1950s after it was abandoned by a developer.
“It was like the worst time in history, it had been completely demolished,” he said.
“But it was very important to my family, and it had a lot of sentimental value.”
The house is an original Victorian warehouse in Queens, New York.
Its previous owners had demolished the building and sold it to a family for $1 million.
“My father was very wealthy, he had an art collection in his home and I think he kept a piece of the art collection,” he told Al Jazeera.
“He would put pieces in a box and put it in the attic, and put a note on it saying, ‘this is my house’.”
The man, a retired teacher, said he had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars renovating the house to make it more aesthetically pleasing, and also installed some new plumbing, electrical and other improvements.
The owner said he hopes to turn the house into a gallery of art in the future.
“In the future, I will have more space,” he added.
“So I am hoping to have a large space in the house and I am going to be able to do more with it.”
The artist, who is a teacher in New Jersey, said that in the past, the owner had been reluctant to renovate the house, because it had the appearance of being abandoned.
“If you go down to the neighborhood, they say this house is abandoned,” he explained.
“And they said, ‘no, this house has a lot in it’.”
And I thought, ‘well, if you put a bunch of art on there, that’s a good house’.
“He added: “And I would do it, because I think it would look beautiful.