The long-empty and neglected Ridgewood Masonic Temple — it’s on Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick, despite the name — is going to become apartments. In January, the developer filed plans for an addition and conversion to 28 apartments at at 1054 Bushwick Avenue, The Brooklyn Eagle reported. Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture and Design is the architect of record.
The three-story Beaux Arts-style meeting house, built in 1920, will sprout an additional story as well as a penthouse. Luckily, the Landmarks Preservation Commission landmarked the building in July, so we feel confident the existing exterior will be spruced up and the additions will fit in gracefully.
By the way, before the building went on the market in 2010, Sleigh Bells played a gig there. The new owner, an LLC, paid $2,000,000 for the building in September. We’ll keep you posted on the plans and the Commission’s hearings.
The Ridgewood Masonic Temple’s Buyer Intends to Turn the Landmark Into Apartments [Eagle]
1054 Bushwick Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher D. Brazee for the LPC