Prospect Heights Row House Needs Some Help

Things are not looking good for the two dilapidated homes at 578 and 580 Carlton Avenue, in Prospect Heights, where it appears that a developer hoping to flip 580 Carlton for big bucks instead bungled the renovation and imperiled the house next door at 578 Carlton. The house at 580 Carlton, which sold for $480,000 in 2011, was reduced to a mere facade during renovations — a state in which it remains today. Then the neighboring building, No. 578, partially collapsed during those renovations last summer. Now, it looks like the owners of No. 578 have finally decided to take action: According to the Landmarks Preservation agenda for June 18, a hearing is scheduled for “578 Carlton Avenue… An altered Italianate style row house built c. prior to 1855. Application is to deconstruct portions of the building to address hazardous emergency conditions.” Right now there’s a tarp over the rear, as well a wooden frame jutting out from the back into the backyard. So it seems like No. 578 is in a pretty bad state, especially if measures aren’t taken soon. What a nightmare.
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2 Comment

  • Landmarking in this case was idiotic. There was nothing of 580 worth saving. It’s much better to tear it down and build something new, rather than trying to preserve the last remaining scraps of this sad carcass.

  • Snark, This is an instance where I would expect LPC to be flexible so long as the owners approach them openly and honestly. They are well aware of the condition of both houses. Landmarking took place before 580 collapsed and approved plans already exist for it. At least their landmark status will insure that in both cases something contextual and close to the originals will be erected. Modern interiors, no doubt, but a historic exterior — which is no great burden. The alternative would be a Fedders fright smack in the middle of the historic district.