The Landmarks Preservation Commission may have voted to approve a request to reduce the lot around the Coignet Stone building on the Whole Foods site in Gowanus, but a prominent preservation organization is protesting the decision. The Historic Districts Council had the following to say about the matter in an email blast that went out yesterday: “This proposal is an effort [for Whole Foods] to avoid the normal Landmarks Preservation Commission review process. The owners of the Coignet Building should be required to present plans at a public hearing to show how their proposal relates to the designated property. Otherwise, this will point the way for all who want to build upon a landmarked site and avoid LPC oversight.” The proposal still has to be approved by the City Planning Commission and then the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, which should happen within the next couple months. Meanwhile, HDC started a petition asking for “proper protection” for the Coignet Stone building and a public hearing about the request to reduce the lot size.
LPC Approves Reduction of Coignet Stone Lot [Brownstoner]
Preservationists: Don’t Shrink Gowanus Landmark’s Lot [Brownstoner]
LPC Hearing on Reduction of Gowanus Building’s Lot [Brownstoner] GMAP


On Wednesday the Historic Districts Council is sponsoring a tour of three of Clinton Hill’s most opulent structures. Here are the details: “The Historic Districts Council will lead a tour of Our Lady Queen of All Saints, a soaring century-old parish church. The white stone gothic structure styled after Paris’ Sainte Chapelle features original woodwork and rare four manual organ. Fourteen mosaic windows along the nave portraying 260 biblical subjects were restored in the 1970s. Original glass and iron ornamentation predating the Church remain in tact at the Pratt Library. Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. designed the interior of Brooklyn’s first free library in 1896. The Pratt Library stores an extensive collection on visual arts and creative writing on its uniquely decorative stacks and glass flooring. The tour concludes in the Caroline Ladd Pratt House, now home to the president of Pratt Institute. One of four mansions built by Charles Pratt for his sons, the Caroline Ladd Pratt House’s luxurious parlor rooms and second-floor stained glass windows that are New York City treasures.” More info here; space is limited to 25 people.
Grand Institutions of Clinton Hill [HDC]