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The remaining three “Four on Degraw” townhouses from developer H Holding Group are now up for sale, with an ask of $4,999,000 each. The first townhouse, No. 451, hit the market in April 2014 asking $1,000,000 less and is in contract.

Part of the Brooklyn new-construction townhouse trend, the residences are neo-Georgian on the outside and contemporary (and very luxurious) on the inside. The architect is Gerald J. Caliendo, who has designed quite a few midrange apartment buildings in Brooklyn. (more…)

422 Union Street

A new-construction townhouse with a traditional brick row house exterior in Gowanus is now on the market and asking $4,250,000. A Google Maps photo of the building under construction at 442 Union Street shows a four-story building with a traditional black cornice, lintels, and extra-long windows on the parlor floor.

Inside the interiors are clean and modern. The 4,320-square-foot home features 10.5-foot ceilings and four-inch rift-sawn oak flooring on the parlor level. A private garden, roof terrace and — notably — an elevator are among its amenities. (more…)

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Newtown Creek Alliance Historian and Brownstoner Queens columnist Mitch Waxman will lead a boat tour of Newtown Creek, pictured above, next month for the Working Harbor Committee. The two-hour tour of one of the nation’s most polluted waterways will leave from Pier 11 in Manhattan at 11 am on May 31.

A collection of guest speakers will also help narrate the tour. A separate two-hour tour of Gowanus Bay will leave from Pier 11 at 1:10 pm the same day.

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Big news: The original cement facade of the Coignet Building, not been seen in decades, is now visible at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street. The uppermost story of netting that has shrouded the landmark at 360 3rd Avenue in Gowanus for about a year as it undergoes restoration came down sometime in the last few days. We snapped these photos yesterday as we were passing through the area.

The red brick veneer applied sometime in the mid-20th century has been removed, per the restoration plans. It looks to us as though the restorers are planning to add a top coat of cement to finish and seal the exterior. Perhaps this explains why some of the netting has been removed.

The historic restoration of this landmark is certainly not finished, as more photos below reveal. The front stoop has greatly deteriorated in the last year, since the scaffolding went up — perhaps a result of this unusually snowy winter.

Whole Foods, which is handling the restoration as part of a deal to build its adjacent store, is also stabilizing the interior. Click through to see behind the fence.

Coignet Building Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Whole Foods’ restoration of the crumbling landmark next door known as the Coignet Building is well under way, although almost nothing can be discerned under the netting. When we stopped by 360 3rd Avenue in Gowanus last year, we could see that almost all of the red brick facade — not original to the building and not staying — had been removed, save a small strip or so.

When we stopped by again Thursday, we found this rendering posted on the fence. A little bit of the exterior was also visible through a gap in the netting.

Whole Foods got going on the project after being fined twice by Landmarks twice for failure to maintain the structure, which was one of the first all-concrete buildings in the U.S. Click through to see the construction project shrouded in netting.

Coignet Building Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Here’s a lovely brick Italianate that has been updated with a rustic — but not overly so — vibe. There are three marble mantels and crown moldings as well as some exposed beams and brick. It’s set up as rental over an owner’s duplex, and the parlor floor has been opened up. There’s also a stained-glass skylight and deck.

Two opens houses are planned for Saturday from 1 to 3 pm and Sunday from noon to 1. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,700,000?

71 2nd Street [D'Andrea Craig Realty] GMAP

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The architects at OPerA Studio took a crumbling townhouse at 463 Carroll Street in Gowanus and transformed it into a modern four-bedroom home with new facades and Juliet balconies. The client was a developer who intended to sell the house.

“The concept was to create a modern dwelling that retained the warmth and texture of a traditional townhouse,” OPerA’s Thomas Barry told us. Exposed brick walls and warm reclaimed wood in the window surrounds and stairs help balance out the house’s modern feel.

“The deep wood window surrounds create a play of shadows on the facades while providing a natural materiality, but rendered in a modern formal vocabulary,” he continued. “This balance is carried inside with the details of the stairs and the continuation of the play of warm and cool material combinations.”

The house required major structural repairs. The underlying wood frame structure was so termite-damaged that the “brick facades were literally hanging on nothing,” Barry said. OPerA Studio removed the facades, shored up the unstable wood framing, repaired the foundation and replaced the cellar slab. Then new facades were built at the front and back with a 2-by-6 wood frame. Half the floor joists were replaced.

After the renovation, the 2,400-square-foot home has three and a half baths, a blindingly white chef’s kitchen, gas fireplaces and a double-height master bedroom on the third floor. It hit the market with renderings in the fall of 2013 and sold for its aggressive asking price, $2,649,000, last December.

Click through to see photos from before and after the renovation. What do you think of how it turned out?

Major Renovation in Works at 463 Carroll Street [Brownstoner]
Photos by OPerA Studio

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The bluestone-clad luxury condos at 345 Carroll Street in Gowanus are 70 percent sold (in contract, that is), according to reps from developer Sterling Equities. Workers are still driving piles at the former Regency Carts site, but the pit between Hoyt and Bond Streets will eventually become 32 condos, 18 of which will have outdoor space. (more…)

530-554 President Street, NS, PS 1

Name: Former Hildebrand Baking Company

Address: 530-554 President Street
Cross Streets: 3rd and 4th avenues
Neighborhood: Gowanus
Year Built: 1890-1902
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Charles Werner
Other Buildings by Architect: St. Francis Xavier Academy in Park Slope, row houses and apartment buildings in Park Slope, Stuyvesant Heights, Prospect Heights and Fort Greene, O. Wissner Piano factory, Atlantic Avenue (demolished)
Landmarked: No, but part of proposed National Register and NYC Landmark Historic Districts

 

The Hildebrand Baking Company was founded by three brothers; John, Harry and Fred Hildebrand. The brothers built the first of the buildings in this complex around 1890, and added to it until completed in 1902. The first buildings were the two story bakery buildings, followed by the three story buildings at the turn of the 20th century. All of them appear to have been designed by Charles Werner.

Charles Werner was one of those competent, but low-key architects who helped build Brooklyn, but one whose name is generally overlooked. He had a long career, and was pretty prolific. He set up his offices in 1876, at 82-86 Schermerhorn Street, and later moved to larger offices in what became the architect’s building of choice; the Garfield Building, on Court Street. He was also quartermaster of the 13th Regiment, and his name appears on the records when their new armory in Bedford was being constructed in the 1890s. (more…)

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Brooklyn’s new parole office at 15 2nd Avenue in Gowanus looked complete and ready for move-in when we stopped by this weekend. There was no sign of construction in the area. Everything seems to be going according to schedule, and the office is supposed to open in April.

The new office — located on the opposite side of the canal from Whole Foods and visible from its outdoor space and parking lot — will serve 2,000 parolees rather than the 6,000 originally planned, according to a legal settlement reached with community group Gowanus United in January. Many in the area, including elected officials and local businesses, have said they are concerned the facility will have a negative effect on the neighborhood.

The new facility is extremely large, as we discovered up close and in person. We wonder what else will fill the unused space?

15 2nd Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Apartments at the 32-unit development at 345 Carroll Street first went on sale last September, and more than half are now spoken for. This two-bedroom on the fourth floor is still available. The interiors of this building are very nice in our opinion — definitely a step up from your typical new construction finishes. Of course, that’s reflected in the price: $1,695,000 for 1,261 square feet comes out to almost $1,350 a foot.

345 Carroll Street, #4D [Stribling] GMAP