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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

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Later this month, the Historic Districts Council will host a panel on the evolution of historic districts and the possible creation of new ones, as part of its Annual Preservation Conference Series. Panelists will explore the changing definition of what is considered worthy of preservation, which has slowly broadened from Brooklyn Heights, the first historic district, designated in 1965, to include areas with a mix of modern and industrial buildings, like the Soho Cast-Iron District. The panel, “Tomorrow’s Yesterdays: Historic Districts of the Future,” will take place in Gowanus, pictured above, and consider whether the eclectic, industrial neighborhood could ever gain landmark designation.

First, architectural historian Francis Morrone will give a presentation on the development of historic districts. Then urban planner Paul Graziano, Gowanus advocate Marlene Donnelly and Ward Dennis, a Columbia University professor and CB1 member, will discuss “potential historic districts, technological and bureaucratic strategies for looking ahead,” according to the HDC’s description. Pardon Me for Asking was the first to post about the panel, which will take place March 18 at 6:30 pm at the Shapeshifter Lab at 18 Whitewell Place. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

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This one-bedroom garden apartment in Gowanus is almost completely open from one end to the other, which might help bring some light into what appears to be a very long space, with two extensions, although PropertyShark says the building is only 38 feet deep. It has a nice loft-y vibe and a cool white-painted brick wall dividing the front room from the kitchen.

The Home Depot-style cabinets in the latter don’t add any style points, but there are lots of them and plenty of space for an island or dining table. Renters also get a walk-in closet, access to the shared garden and some basement storage. The Carroll Street F/G stop is two and a half blocks away, and the townhouse is located about a block and a half from the Gowanus Canal, in Flood Zone 2. Do you think it’ll rent for $2,700 a month?

463 Union Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

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After years of delay, a long-planned three-story commercial building is pretty far along at the corner of 4th Avenue and 3rd Street in Gowanus. The building at 340 4th Avenue will include 7,945 square feet of commercial space and 3,485 square feet for a community facility, according to permits first filed back in 2011.

Schedule A filings reveal that there will be retail on the first two floors and a school on the third floor, in addition to six parking spots.

Way back in 2008, there were rumors that Starbucks was considering a location on the empty lot, which sits in front of a Staples. The site is across the street from the park housing the Old Stone House in Park Slope — and now a block from Whole Foods.

Ultimately, developer Joseph Zafarani of BYP Capital LLC bought it for $3,250,000 in 2007, according to public records and a story in the Brooklyn Eagle at the time. It has been and out of lis pendens since then, and Zafarani seems to have bought it out of foreclosure at auction in 2012, according to public records, which may explain the construction delay. The architect is Douglas Pulaski of Bricolage Designs, according to the permits.

It’s not clear whether the building has topped out or will go higher, as per the rendering. Click through to see the rendering, which appears to be covered in Obama conspiracy theory graffiti.

Commercial Development Coming on 4th Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Excavation is under way at 470 4th Avenue in Gowanus, where a 12-story building will eventually rise. The Aufgang Architect-designed project will bring 105 apartments and 5,000 square feet of commercial space to the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street, according to permits approved this month.

It looks like the development also has a new or alternate address at 237 11th Street. The 84,000-square-foot building will have ground floor retail, a courtyard, a medical office, a gym and 29 cellar parking spots, per Schedule A filings.

Developers Adam America, Slate and the Naveh Shuster Group paid JBS Project Management $20,000,000 for six 19th century wood frame houses and three small commercial buildings on the corner last year, and demolished them last summer. Click through to see another construction photo and the rendering posted on the fence.

470 4th Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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255 Butler St. KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally publishing plant for R. G. Dun & Company
Address: 255 Butler Street
Cross Streets: Corner Nevins Avenue Street
Neighborhood: Gowanus
Year Built: 1913-14
Architectural Style: Vaguely Renaissance/Gothic Revival early 20th century factory
Architect: Renwick, Aspinwall & Tucker
Other Buildings by Architect: American Express Building, 65 B’way, Manhattan, Grace Church Neighborhood House, Provident Loan Society Buildings, both Manhattan. Also Sanitarium additions to Seaview Hospital, Staten Island, and Dollar Savings Bank, Bronx
Landmarked: No, but part of proposed Gowanus Canal Historic District for the National Register of Historic Places

The story: The R. G. Dun Company was founded in 1841 as the Mercantile Agency by Brooklyn Heights merchant and financier Louis Tappan. He established the company as a network of correspondents who would be reputable, reliable and neutral reporters of companies and their credit worthiness. It was one of the first companies to give its subscribers business information, and helped create the modern business world. In 1849, Tappan turned the company over to his clerk, Benjamin Douglass. He capitalized on the telegraph and other modern means of transportation and information gathering, and was able to greatly expand the company across the country.

He created the profession of credit reporters; skilled in interpreting and reporting on financial measures. Four of Douglass’ many reporters went on to have impressive careers as President of the United States. They were Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland and William McKinley. In 1859, Douglass turned the business over to his brother-in-law, Robert Graham Dun. He changed the name to the R. G. Dun Company, and further expanded the company during the Civil War and beyond, so that by the 20th century, R. G. Dun was one of the most respected national and international credit reporting firms. (more…)

A group of researchers from NYU Polytechnic has sent a roving, camera-equipped robot into the Gowanus Canal to capture images and collect water quality data from the sewage-laced Superfund site. Now Brooklyn Atlantis has posted its latest set of panoramic images on Google Maps, enabling anyone to take a look at construction sites along the waterfront, like the Batcave or Lightstone’s 700-unit project on Bond Street, or just see what it’s like to explore the canal from water level. Check it out here, and take a look at the water quality data and find out how you can help with the research.