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22 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E 22 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E architecture + interior design EXACTITUDE DEsIgnEr rEID bAlThAsEr CrEATEs An InTrACOAsTAl APArTMEnT ThAT rEFlECTs sOUTh FlOrIDA lIVIng TO A T. Built in 1959, The Versailles, located on N. Birch Road on Fort Lauderdale's barrier island has always embraced Florida's distinct, indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Designed with deep terraces facing the Intracoastal, the apartments originally all had huge, sliding glass doors leading from major rooms o ut onto that terrace. A number of years back, for further hurricane protection, the terrace on this particular residence was lined with impact glass windows as well, the decision being made was that these should be stacking sliders. An end result, as the new line of protection was now at the edge of the terrace: those huge doors, set ten feet in at the edge of the living room could now be removed, all owing this expansive apartment to truly become one with nature. Slide open those new windows and the salty breezes waft in. There truly is nothing like it. Recently, this apartment underwent a renovation and redesign, receiving new finishes and furnish- ings under the direction of Reid Balthaser of RTB Design Services in New York. We had the oppor- tunity to talk with Mr. Balthaser about the renovat ion and subsequent interior design. TROPIC: The Versailles is such a sought-after building. Boutique in size, really with just 39 apart- ments in 11 stories. How did you land this renovation project? BALTHASER: The owners and I have been friends for 20+ years. We've shared a passion for mid-century design and architecture and had always looked for an opportunity to work together. Text John T. O'Connor Photos Myro Rosky

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