Out-of-town visitors to the Brooklyn Museum will soon have a place to crash.
ODA Architects revealed renderings for the Bedford Hotel, a five-story, 38,000-square-foot development at 1550 Bedford Avenue at the corner of Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. The complex will replace a Gulf gas station, located less than three blocks from the storied art institution.
The developer on the project is All Year Management, which purchased the site for $7.2 million in 2014, according to property records. They are currently working on a number of projects with ODA, including 123 Melrose Street (aka 28 Stanwix Street) in Bushwick, part of the former Rheingold Brewery complex.
A central courtyard will be accessible through an exterior featuring multiple ground-floor arches, with a slanted roof and terraces above that overlook the public area.
Interior renderings show modern looking rooms with arched niches and doorways reminiscent of mid-19th century Italianate architectural details common in Brooklyn.
The arches, patio and landscaping reference “division and transition,” according to ODA’s writeup, which also says the neighborhood “continues to be a region in transition.”
Could this theme explain why a scene from Woody Allen’s 1979 film “Manhattan,” featuring the director in the midst of attempting to seduce a teenaged Mariel Hemingway, is playing on the room’s television?
According to DOB permits, the hotel will have 100 rooms, a banquet hall in the cellar, retail spaces on the ground floor, and a public terrace with a bar on the fifth floor with access to the roof.
Diagonally across Eastern Parkway at 1535 Bedford Avenue another development on the site of a former gas station is rising. Developer Adam America bought the former BP station for $32.5 million in January 2015. The Issac and Stern design grew earlier this year from an initial 133 apartments to its current plan for 175.
The Bedford-Union Armory, the site of a controversial development, is also nearby.
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