This rental in a Cobble Hill co-op comes with a bedroom on an open mezzanine level, a wood-burning fireplace, central air, and a parking spot, due to its unusual location: a former public school whose classrooms were turned into 28 apartments. Built circa 1888, Public School No. 78 closed down in the early 1970s and was converted in 1984. In between, 174 Pacific Street had been a yeshiva for girls, before the developers came up with the scheme for apartments, which take advantage of the 14-foot-high ceilings and big windows.
Apartment 3D has wood floors and a bank of three tall windows. The living room space is pleasingly rectangular and centered around the wood burning fireplace, with a view of Cobble Hill rooftops and sky to the side.
A compact kitchen is tucked under the lofted bedroom and has tile floors and cabinets that likely date from the original renovation. The bedroom is up steep stairs from the living area and appears to have ceilings just high enough to stand (if you’re not over 6 feet tall) and room for a king-size bed on one side. It’s surrounded by a wood railing and has additional closet space below, along with, presumably, the bathroom, which is not pictured.
Located in the Cobble Hill Historic District, the school had to meet Landmarks approval for its conversion, according to a New York Times story from the time.
At the time of the designation, it still served as the Louis Hirsch Memorial Jewish Education Center. It’s described in the designation report as an interesting example of early Victorian municipal architecture, with gables and a central tower that rises above an elaborate roof cornice, crowned by a slate roof.
Listed by Brian Lehner at Brown Harris Stevens, the apartment is available for $2,750 a month. Board approval is required. Decent deal, all things considered?
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