Author: Photographs by Stephane Kossmann

They say “the seventh is heaven” of Paris’s Seventh Arrondissement, the upscale neighborhood that is arguably the city of light’s most aristocratic quartier. Famous for Les Invalides—the resting place of Napoleon—it’s also home to numerous government ministries, embassies, ex-pats, the musées d’Orsay, Rodin, and Maillol, and the city’s elite, with the legendary Eiffel Tower, visible across the neighboring Champ de Mars, as a punctuation mark.

On a waterfront perch in Rhode Island, Arnold Karp has built a house for the ages