The scaffolding has come down at 302 Stuyvesant Avenue, a 19th century apartment building in the landmarked section of Stuyvesant Heights, revealing that the elaborate 19th century pressed metal corner turret has been replaced with stucco.
Neighbors and local preservationists are furious and have contacted Landmarks Preservation Commission to complain. Landmarks told one of them it will send someone out to investigate. Below, a photo of the building from 2012. We also wrote about the tower as it was mid-renovation, and if you click through to that story you will see the tower with its metal covering removed and wall studs exposed.
Here are a sampling of typical comments from neighbors discussing the alterations on the private online forum:
“I agree, looks awful! What a shame.”
“Not only is the mud/stucco thing ugly, the geometry is off: the angle of the walls and the turret don’t match at all!”
“I’m not so sure it’s better today than what it was. A year ago it stood in a state of wonderful potential, whereas now it stands in a state of permanent disfigurement.”
It looks as though a huge section of missing cornice on the side of the building has also been replaced with a new one. The building, which sold to an LLC with a South Williamsburg address for $800,000 last year, has 17 active violations from the Department of Buildings, including several that are Landmarks related.
What do you think of the alterations?