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A stucco’d and stripped but historic Heights home at 48 Hicks Street will be getting a new and more historically appropriate facade. The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a proposal to replace the building’s mid-20th century facade with wood siding and an old-fashioned storefront, the Brooklyn Heights Blog reported.

The Federal wood frame house was built in 1829. Sometime later in the century a storefront was added to the bottom floor. The renovation proposes Federal style upper floors with wood siding, shutters and window surrounds. The windows on the second and third floors will be enlarged.

The residential entrance to the left of the storefront will also be redone in an early 19th century style with paneling, a four-panel door, and a lantern-style light over the door. The existing metal and glass storefront will be replaced with a late 19th century style wood and glass storefront. The Brooklyn Heights Association and the Historic Districts Council spoke in favor of the renovation, which is being undertaken because the existing stucco is leaking.

Click through to see photos of the presentation by architect Richard Somerby.

Landmarks Commission Approves New Façade for 48 Hicks Street [BHB]
Photo above by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark; photos below by Evan Bindelglass for BHB

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday calendared the 18 Tudor Revival homes on Chester Court in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a spokeswoman for the LPC told us. Calendaring means the LPC will eventually vote on whether or not to designate the proposed Chester Court Historic District. Architect Peter J. Collins designed the houses in 1914 and 1915, according to the notice of yesterday’s hearing. The block is a cul-de-sac off Flatbush, next to the 23-story apartment tower rising at 626 Flatbush Avenue.

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The topmost layers of scaffolding at 365 Jay Street have come down, revealing a bit of the restored tower of the old Brooklyn Fire Headquarters. The building has been shrouded in scaffolding for more than a year now, as the Pratt Area Community Council repairs the roof, windows, terra cotta archway and foyer. The 1892 Romanesque Revival building had been neglected and also suffered severe roof damage and flooding two years ago.

The building was designed by prolific Brooklyn architect Frank Freeman and designated an individual landmark in 1966. In 1987, the city agreed to turn it into affordable housing for low-income people displaced by construction of the nearby MetroTech complex.

MDG Design and Construction and Nomad Architecture are leading the restoration, which is scheduled to wrap by spring 2015.

Thanks to a reader for the photos and tip. Click through to see another shot of the tower.

Building of the Day: 365 Jay Street [Brownstoner]
Scaffolding up at Jay Street Firehouse [Brownstoner]

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After years of legal and financial woes, New York City’s last public bath building, completed in 1910, has been snapped up at auction by developer Greystone for $7,600,000, DNAinfo reported. Landmarked in 1982, the building at 227 4th Avenue has in recent years been used as a private arts, events and community space known as the Lyceum.

Greystone told DNAinfo it would not comment on its plans for the building until the close of the sale in 60 days. There are windows all around so apartments would be possible, but the entire space is only 12,200 square feet inside. The building’s FAR would allow a total of 33,060 square feet on the site, but its landmark status is likely to prevent any additions. The developer could carve out 10 or so luxury condos, but unless Landmarks allows a modern addition on the roof, our guess is it will become a mall, office space, or a big box store.

A lien for $5.05 million led to the foreclosure sale, Here’s Park Slope reported earlier this week.

The photo of the building partly shrouded in netting in 2012, above, does not show the Renaissance Revival building’s elaborate terra cotta detail, which includes dolphins, urns of flowing water, and images of Triton, the father of the sea-god Poseidon. It was designed by architect Raymond F. Almirall.

What would you like to see in this space?

Developer Buys Landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum for $7.6M at Foreclosure Auction [DNA] GMAP
Brooklyn Lyceum in Foreclosure, Being Auctioned Today [Here's Park Slope]
Lyceum Coverage [Brownstoner]

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The two Carlton Mews projects in Fort Greene that have been under construction for years are wrapping up and looking spectacular, in our opinion. Isn’t it wonderful what landmarking can do?

In September we brought you a sneak peak of both projects. Now a reader sends in more photos.

At 225-233 Carlton Avenue, we have five brand new townhouses, all built in a 19th century traditional style in keeping with others in the area. They are looking very credible, as far as we’re concerned. The contractor used a mix of original and new bluestone to create the bluestone sidewalk in front of them. Each will feature a triplex above a garden floor rental, according to our tipster.

These are scheduled to wrap in December, according to the construction sign.

Meanwhile, the conversion of the church at 232 Adelphi Street is also nearing the finish line. Both projects, which have different owners, will be on the market in a few months, our tipster said. The church will have 12 apartments, ranging from studios to a three-bedroom duplex. In the clock tower is a kitchen with a 25-foot ceiling!

Click through to see a few more photos. What do you think of the developments?

Carlton Mews Church Restoration Revealed! [Brownstoner]  GMAP
Carlton Mews Townhouses Near the Finish Line [Brownstoner]
Carlton Mews Coverage [Brownstoner] (more…)

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This Saturday the Sunset Parks Landmarks Committee is hosting a party to raise money for its preservation work and for the tenant advocacy organization Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The $20 admission ticket will help both these worthy causes and it includes two drinks, light food, live music, a dance performance and prizes made in Industry City. The proceeds will be split equally between the groups.

In an email, Lynn Massimo, the committee’s project manager, said that both preservation and affordable housing are important to the future of the neighborhood. “Together we, the community groups and our electeds, must keep Sunset Park viable for a diverse population. That doesn’t have just one answer. It has multiple answers. Affordable housing, safe streets, cultural diversity, economic diversity, local jobs, and yes, preservation of historic rowhouses,” she said.

The event will be held at Irish Haven at 5721 4th Avenue at 58th Street this Saturday, October 18, from 7 to 10 pm. Tickets are only available at the door.

Photo by Sunset Park Landmarks Committee

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We were relieved to see the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted yesterday to landmark 1090 Greene Avenue in Bushwick. It is one of the last well-preserved wood frame houses in the area. Preservation advocate Historic Districts Council called it “a distinctive reminder of 19th-century Bushwick.”

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A tipster sent us this photo of the restoration work under way at 232 Carlton Avenue, the once badly deteriorated St. Mark’s Protestant Episcopal Church where a conversion to 12 condo units has been in the works for years.

The developers “appear to be successfully repairing the stone on the church on the Adelphi side, which was the hottest of messes before,” the tipster told us. “I wouldn’t have thought it possible it could look so good. Real slate roof, copper details — bravo.”

The landmarked building is now known as Carlton Mews. It is related to the Carlton Mews townhouse development at 231 Adelphi Street where a worker was tragically killed in an accident in 2012, but the two sites have different owners.

Scaffolding Goes up at Carlton Mews Church Conversion in Fort Greene [Brownstoner]

The building at 70 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights is in contract to be sold, and Brooklyn Heights Cinema will close August 27, theater owner Kenn Lowy told Brooklyn Heights Blog and DNAinfo. He plans to reopen in a new location in Dumbo, and is working on signing a lease there. He said he hopes to reopen in the new location in late September or early October.

The blog published a letter to customers Lowy planned to post last night: (more…)

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A private Montessori school group is presenting its plans next week to alter the facade of a landmarked former movie theater at 292 Court Street in Cobble Hill. The school needs LPC approval to change the facade and “to install storefront infill, two barrier-free access ramps, a flag, a canopy, and an elevator bulkhead, “according to the LPC agendaCalifornia-based LePort Schools signed a lease in April for the 15,700-square-foot building, which includes an additional 6,000 square feet of rooftop and back terrace space, as we reported at the time.

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