Don’t be fooled by what looks like a century-old brick townhouse in a row of the same. Only the front and side party walls are original. "The existing structure was so damaged and out of kilter it wasn’t worth saving," the architect said.
There’s a cautionary tale for prospective homebuyers in the case of this four-story brick house that had lost its neighbor to one side.
“The sellers didn’t allow my clients to do a structural inspection. That signaled something fishy,” said architect Sarah Strauss, AIA, of the Bed Stuy-based design/build company Bigprototype, which was called in after the purchase to do what the new homeowners originally thought would be a relatively modest interior renovation.