Gerald Butler in NY

Thirteen-foot-tall mahogany doors with a knocker that could summon the dead. A ceiling fresco depicting the rape of Ganymede. Plaster walls chipped and mottled with age, massive columns supporting limestone lions, crystal chandeliers casting spidery shadows…. Medieval castle? Ancestral manor house? Try a two-story loft in the heart of New York’s ultratrendy Chelsea district. The doors alone are remarkable enough to stop the most jaded Manhattanite in his tracks: Who in the world lives here?

Why, King Leonidas of Sparta, who else? The place starts to make a little more sense when one considers that its owner is the actor Gerard Butler, and Gerard Butler is known for channeling such larger-than-life figures as the Spartan king, Attila the Hun, Dracula, the Phantom of the Opera and Beowulf. “I wanted something elegant and gorgeous and at the same time rather masculine and raw,” the actor declares, his Glasgow burr somehow enhancing the description. “I guess I would describe the apartment as bohemian old-world rustic château with a taste of baroque.”

Actor Gerard Butler worked with architect Alexander Gorlin and film designer Elvis Restaino on his 3,300-square-foot loft in Manhattan. “We recreated things that came into Gerry’s life—from his travels in Europe or even from an old coffee shop in New York,” Restaino says.

I wanted something elegant and gorgeous and at the same time rather masculine and raw,

explains the 40-year-old Scotsman. “I guess I would describe the apartment as bohemian old-world rustic chateau with a taste of baroque.”

While Butler clearly had a vision for the space, he turned to architect Alexander Gorlin and film designer Elvis Restaino to bring it to life. Says Restaino, “We re-created things that came into Gerry’s life — from his travels in Europe or even from an old coffee shop in New York.”

Renovating the loft took much more time than Gerard anticipated. “I knew it was going to take a lot of work to turn the loft into a place where I actually wanted to live,” he shares. “But I didn’t realize it would be four years before I spent the night!”

Now that the “Bounty Hunter” star has a place to sleep, he’s planning on making more renovations to his abode, which sits on the sixth and seventh floors of a converted manufacturing warehouse in the trendy NYC neighborhood of Chelsea. Yes, his loft has two floors — and an adjoining roof terrace! Sounds like the perfect place for the hunky actor to entertain the ladies … then again, maybe not.

“More than anything, I use my apartment as somewhere to retreat and spend time on my own,” shares Butler.

New York is such a frenetic, crazy city, so I love to use the place for just some peace and quiet.

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  2. Elin Anita May 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    It is an extraordinary wonderfuel apartment.Really love it..

  3. Clarice Lakota Dec 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    What a lovely apartment for such a lovely kind of man.

  4. Darshana Dec 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    wow..this is beautiful and coincidently similar to concept I am setting in my apt renovations in Chelsea as well, which is wooden ceiling and rustic wooden floor. Ofcourse not as large as this. Great Kitchen as well. Amazing job.

  5. agata Feb 6, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Your own apartment is the best place in the whole world. First of all it is your home, second, it gives you this great feeling…you are simply safe, and in the end you have your freedom to do whatever you want… Dance in the middle of the night in the rythm of the slowest music totally and erotically lost in yourself or eat your breakfast naked.

    This apartment is just a tiny little piece of this MAN. It seems to me like there is more than a good taste….


  6. Margaret Anita Mar 30, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Wow..Beautiful.I’m from England and my mum was from Scotland .I now live in long island.I came to new York when I was 19 years old, 21 years ago.It’s such a wonderful city.Your apartment is amazing.Enjoy life..

  7. l.maiden Apr 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I think combining the blend of the Old World with the new in any form of design is beautiful, especially in a home. Eventhough, I absolutely love the bones of the the loft…the architecture…the rustification of the brick, stone and concrete walls with the patina finish and the natural organic nature of the floor boards and the open beam ceiling. I think it would have been even more creative to inject an even balance withe the OLD World and contemporary…more contemporary elements in the chairs and sofas, mabe less chandelier bling…the dining room furniture and the kitchen in the context of the space is brilliant. Nevertheless, Butler’s space is truly imaginative and highly tasteful. Well done!!!

    abu dhabi, uae

  8. Michelle Oct 27, 2013 at 6:05 am

    I absolutely love this apartment. I love the rustic feel with all the elegant touches….this apartment oozes comfort and beauty. Who knew that a guy would have such great taste….however Gerry is no ordinary guy…..he’s wonderful. Such a beautiful apartment.

  9. misha smelly ass Jun 18, 2014 at 9:23 am

    is Gerald Butler a vampire…..who mixes heavy concrete gargoyles with banana palms…..loved you in PS I love you….lol

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