This spacious sunken living room, which the WSJ refers to as the great room, is indeed a great room (click to enlarge):
It featured a wet bar and one of five working fireplaces. It shares the parlor floor with the elegant, wood-paneled library, which has a fireplace of its own:
One downside of townhouse living: all the traveling up and down stairs. To go from the living room to the dining room, we must descend to the garden level….