According to plans filed with the Department of Buildings, singer/musician/actress Norah Jones is planning to renovate the historic and charming Cobble Hill stable she purchased last fall. Back in September 6sqft reported that Ms. Jones was the buyer of the $6.25 million converted 1840s firehouse that had a cameo role in the Julia Roberts film “Eat, Pray, Love.”
Permit documentation shows that Ben Baxt of Baxt Ingui Architects has drawn up plans to convert the two-family home into a single-family dwelling and replace an existing rear addition (including the existing solarium) with a new back wall that features a full-height door and sliding glass door on the ground floor and two sets of French doors with Juliette balconies on the floor above. Plans also include six skylights and roof access, among other updates. Landmarks has also given the green light to the proposed rear-facade renovations (h/t Brownstoner).
The Bed-Stuy native also owns a house around the corner at 166 Amity Street, which she bought in 2009 for $4.9 million. The musician (who is the daughter of late sitar maestro Ravi Shankar) made waves when she renovated that property by punching windows into the side of the historic home without landmarks approval (the LPC later made a special concession to legalize them) and raised the ire of neighbors by building a pool/terrace that required lots of noisy construction.
Jones was undoubtedly charmed by the home’s giant exposed wood beams, oversized reclaimed-brick wood-burning fireplace, 12-inch-wide wood plank floors, double-height ceilings, custom built-ins, exposed brick walls and already-existing skylights.
Though the solarium is leaving, it’s hard to imagine that Jones would do away with the magical garden.
- Norah Jones Is Buyer of $6.25M ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Carriage House in Cobble Hill
- ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Firehouse in Cobble Hill Sells for $6.25M
- Converted Cobble Hill Firehouse Comes with a Magical Secret Garden
Photos courtesy of the Corcoran Group
Neighborhoods : Cobble Hill