414 Waverly Moving Ahead

414 Waverly Avenue, the proposed four-story home in the Clinton Hill Historic District, may be going up fairly soon. The design was approved by CB2 last summer but then sent back to the drawing board by the LPC last October. But a DOB permit shows an application was just filed to build the house. The LPC only advised that the height of the building be lowered and some of the window configurations be reconsidered, so there’s a good chance the final product will look pretty similar to the initial design.
LPC Sends 414 Waverly Avenue Back to Drawing Board [Brownstoner]
New House Planned at 414 Waverly Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP DOB

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  • so boring compared to what a ‘mid-century’ modern would look like

  • It may not be thrilling architecture, but it’s totally unobjectionable and a hell of a lot better than an empty lot.

  • lower three floors look okay but not sure about that top floor

  • How right you are. We’ve got all our permits in order and are just working out the underpinning details with the neighbors. We’ll probably be doing a little exterior maintenance work on the neighbors before we start our building, making sure that the adjacent buildings’ masonry is sound before we make it inaccessible.

    As for the design, it was intentionally kept simple and contextual. The owners wanted something that would fit in and make the approvals process easier. Even still, it was a tough fight convincing LPC that a 3-story carriage house was not out of character for the period. We ended up presenting about 15 different examples of it as a “type” built in the neighborhood.

    After that, there were many questions about the fourth story. Should it be the same as the others or should it be different? If different, how different? Should it look like an addition to an existing three-story building? We went through a few different design iterations, some very traditional and others much more interpretive. After several presentations to the commissioners, we’ve got a fourth story that’s set back more and “recessed” into the third to keep the visibility down, and a bank of skylights making a sloped “shed roof” appearance facing the street.

    I think what will make this project really shine will be the interiors. The owners have great taste and together we’ve come up with some really creative ideas and designs that will allow their personality to show through.

    We’re revamping our own website right now, and will be re-launching it soon. When we do, we’ll have a lot more information on this building, documenting its progress through completion. We look forward to hearing your comments, on this project and others.

    Jim Hill, RA, LEED AP
    Urban Pioneering Architecture