The Broken Angel House in Clinton Hill was one of Brooklyn’s most unique landmarks. Artist Arthur Wood purchased the tenement building in 1979 for $2,000 and subsequently transformed it into a whimsical, livable sculpture, complete with stained glass windows made from bottles and glass, a cathedral-like glass addition, and brick wings. It was also the backdrop for the documentary Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.
Barrett Design and Development purchased the site at 4-8 Downing Street in January for $4.1 million. And it will be repurposed as a condo development, with sales launching next month and a new teaser site up and running.
Construction at the former Broken Angel House
The attorney general recently approved the plan for the conversion, and according to alteration permits, the four-story building at 4 Downing Street will have eight condo units. Partitions are already framed at the site, and workers are installing windows, plumbing, electrical, and sprinklers. Next door at 8 Downing, they are readying to pour the concrete foundation for a four-story, two-unit building. The condos will feature garden units and rooftop terraces.
A drawing of an angel on the construction fence is a reminder of the building’s past. Click through the gallery below for photos of the construction progress.
Lead image courtesy of runsbrooklyn.blogspot.com
Photos courtesy of Travis Mark Dubreuil for Barrett Design and Development
Neighborhoods : Clinton Hill