A proposal for a new four-story, single-family house to be constructed on an empty lot in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District was temporarily shot down.
Recently landmarked after years of advocacy work by local preservationists, Empire State Dairy is noteworthy for its unusual architectural style and tile murals.
The Copenhagen-born architect was at the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday morning with plans for a rooftop addition to the St. George Tower.
At the LPC Tuesday morning, a representative from the architecture firm Archimaera laid out their plans for the massive ground floor space, which includes limited modifications to some of the built-in architectural furniture.
Each building represents the "best architectural examples of their type in the area," said LPC Chair Sarah Carroll.
The commission praised the block's "aesthetic consistency," and hinted that this could be just the beginning of more historic districts in the area.
The blighted but notable building on Remsen Street was designed by the Parfitt Brothers and will be restored as part of the conversion.
Locals have been working for decades to preserve the area's working class row houses and co-ops, most built around the turn of the 20th century.
The proposed district of bay-fronted limestone houses on Bay Ridge Parkway is a “distinguished example" of the transformation of the area from suburban to urban in the early 20th century, said an LPC researcher.
More than 40 residents and preservation advocates, many who have lived in the same houses for multiple generations, spoke passionately about the neighborhood.