Brandywine Creek Condominiums on Superfine Lane
A superfine spot: Annabelle and Hank Kressman found an unparalleled view along the Brandywine. The condo just needed their personal touch.
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The Kressmans found their ideal empty nest in a penthouse with a bird’s-eye view. But it took vision to see past a choppy warren of rooms to the condominium’s greatest charm, a panoramic vista of Brandywine Creek and the city of Wilmington beyond.
“The interior didn’t matter so much,” Annabelle Kressman says. “It was the view I was after.”
Another attraction was an opportunity to live in the city, close to cultural and artistic venues in a neighborhood steeped in history.
The earliest residents of Brandywine Village set up housekeeping before the American Revolution. The cluster of mills established on the banks of the river played a strategic role in the war, providing flour for George Washington’s troops.
But by 1890, the mills were silent. All traces of a once-vibrant industry went up in smoke when the structures burned in 1933.
In 1984, the first high-rise condos went up on Superfine Lane, so named for the finely ground flour once produced there.
When the Kressmans moved in eight years ago, their two-story unit was due for an update. To give the condo a fresh start that would maximize the view, the couple redesigned the living space, removing an ill-conceived fireplace sandwiched between the kitchen and living room.
Most of the square footage was devoted to a large, inefficient kitchen and casual dining area, leaving little space for gathering or formal dining.
To create a smaller, elegantly outfitted kitchen, the Kressmans hired Fersch Construction Co. of Newport, operated by father John and son Ken. They installed deep, rich cherry cabinets and a built-in desk for correspondence. Pots and pans hang from a rack over a central island.
“They are wonderful craftsmen and great listeners, who gave me exactly what I wanted,” Annabelle Kressman says. “Working in a kitchen that is 10 feet by 10 feet is a pleasure because everything is within reach.”