Wondering whatever became of Brookland Capital’s plans to develop a neo-Gothic church on Washington Avenue in the Clinton Hill Historic District?
The prolific Brooklyn condo builder is moving away from small infill to larger projects, real estate insiders tell us (and The Real Deal reported last week) — like this one.
The plans by RoArt architects for the former St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 257-259 Washington Avenue were made available Friday via the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which will hold a hearing on the proposal Tuesday.
The church was built in 1894 and designed by J.W. Walter, who designed two similar churches in Fort Greene and Park Slope, according to the designation report.
Apart from replacing all the religiously themed stained glass, inserting some new windows and building a Corten steel facade on the former school building, the changes to the structure, which goes all the way through the block, won’t be too visible on the Washington Avenue facade.
The Hall Street facade will have additional windows and doors inserted for the planned new townhouses.
What’s interesting is how they’re dividing up the space — there will be five townhouses and 14 apartments. Check out the proposed floor plan and exterior changes below.
Feingold & Gregory Architects, a Manhattan-based firm that’s been in business since 1956, is the architect of record on the Alt-1 permit application.
As you can see, the proposal appears to be considerably more graceful than the similar project now wrapping up at a non-landmarked church at 1255 Bushwick Avenue — presumably thanks to landmarking restrictions.
What do you think of the plans?
[Renderings by RoArt via NYC Landmarks Commission]
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