9 Townhouses Nearly Done as Workers Add Copper to Last Facade


We checked up on State Street’s 9 Townhouses project, and work on the remaining facade is under way. The final facade will feature more copper sheeting than any of the other buildings, according to already visible appearances, meaning a more complicated installation. Copper has been used as a facade feature on several of the houses; inspiration was drawn from historic homes in Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill with copper clad oriel windows, architect Scott Demel of Rogers Marvel Architects told us. “During the design phase, the initial idea came from walks and observations of some of the historic homes in Brooklyn Heights, Boreum Hill and other nearby neighborhoods that have projecting oriel windows, many clad in ornamental copper work,” he said. At 309 State Street, the copper is used on a larger scale because of the building’s anchor position on the corner of State and Hoyt Streets. We took a peek inside and found that the first two townhouses in the row (Nos. 301 and 301a) are very near completion, featuring fully installed kitchens and finished bedrooms and bathrooms. Work remaining on these two lots includes paving the exterior entrances and external staircase installation, of which there will be two: one in steel leading to the second stories and a second in concrete with stone and brick accents leading down to the lower floors.  An estimated two to three months remain before the entire project reaches completion. Click through for more images of the exterior and interiors.

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Corner of State and Hoyt.

A kitchen in progress.

A completed interior.

An installed kitchen.

5 Comment

  • I agree the copper facade doesn’t look that hot and these house seem fairly narrow, but hey what do you expect for 3.5 million? Seriously these days you can’t even by a fixer upper for less than 2 million in most of prime Brooklyn (and I have a hard time thinking Clinton Hill or Bed Stuy even qualify with the lousy transportation options). All of this seems so out of whack to me. Can there really be an endless supply of people that can buy a multi-million dollar homes and then pay for another place to live while they spend even more to get it into a livable state?? I think the guy who called brownstones half half off is sounding more prescient the longer this goes on.

    • I agree with you on the aesthetics, but I think the smarts of this development is while there might be a fixed supply of people who both want and can afford a traditional brownstone at a multi-million dollar price, by building these you suddenly tap into the equally large (if not larger) supply of people who can afford a multi-million property, and want it in the brownstone nabes, but are looking for something that seems more like a new condo.

  • I think the facades are horrible. Single pane windows are ugly.
    They are way to narrow and the kitchens are absolutely butt azz ugly.
    For 3M, I want to pick out my kitchen cabinets, not the developer.
    I hate white cabinets, and those handles look ridiculous.
    I also hate the open staircase, not good for children.

  • I walk by these pretty regularly, and the details on the facade are minimal, yes…but I really dig the black window trims. They all vary in depth from window to window–the depth varies within each window, too. So, if you stand at an angle, looking down the block you see a nice undulating pattern. Also, the copper on the inner units has already mellowed in patina to a nice matte-ish brown-orange. I don’t like the copper when it’s new, but that bling lasts only a short while. I say, I like. Give me one.