4 Downing Street (r), 8 Downing Street (l). Renderings courtesy of Urban Compass.
The much-discussed new condos at the site of the former Broken Angel House at 4-8 Downing Street in Clinton Hill are officially on the market. Ten “hand-crafted condominium residences,” developed by Barrett Design and Development will include eight two- and three-bedrooms in the original building at 4 Downing and two two-story “generously scaled three bedroom homes” in the newly-constructed 8 Downing.
Image courtesy of runsbrooklyn.blogspot.com
Listed via the marketing site–the building’s address/logo is displayed in art type that’s a clear reference to the quirky vernacular architectural stylings of the original Broken Angel–and various other listing venues, six available units include two-bedrooms starting at $1.25 million for a 1,119 square-foot unit and a 1,888 square-foot three-bedroom for $1.6 million. The two available “townhouses” are $2.375M and $2.295M. The total average price per square foot is $958.
As shown in renderings, interiors will feature “innovative open kitchens, an abundance of cabinetry and closets, Bosch appliances, white oak flooring, washer/dryers, luxurious baths with deep soaking tubs and original architectural details.” Building amenities include an elevator, video intercom, private storage and a common roof deck with Manhattan skyline views. Some units will have private outdoor space–#TH1, which does indeed show a generous townhouse layout, will offer a rear wall of sliding glass doors that opens to a private garden with a paved terrace, “with shade provided by an enormous mature tree.” There is a model unit on-site, and estimated completion is summer 2015 (fall 2015 for 8 Downing).
Current construction site at 4 Downing (r), 8 Downing (l). Photo: Amabile Dyer.
At 4 Downing, tucked into the somewhat secluded elbow of Downing and Quincy Streets, the original four-story red masonry building is undergoing a thorough renovation; it now resembles a clean, contemporary version of the classic brick tenement, with large modern windows, fitting in well on the Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy border block of century-old brick. Number 8, when completed, will be a more modern structure, clad in dark grey with tall black-rimmed windows. Architect/developer Alex Barrett is known for high-quality high-end conversions of historic buildings. Browse the photo gallery below for more renderings and floor plans.
Broken Angel House pre-conversion. Image courtesy of runsbrooklyn.blogspot.com
The Broken Angel House was one of Brooklyn’s most unique landmarks. Artist Arthur Wood and his late wife, Cynthia, purchased the abandoned four-story brick house in 1979 for $2,000 and transformed it into a livable folk art piece for themselves and their two children, complete with stained glass windows made from bottles and glass, a cathedral-like glass addition, and brick wings. The house was also the backdrop for the documentary “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.” After a 2006 fire and subsequent difficulties with the Department of Buildings, Wood eventually lost a drawn-out eviction and foreclosure battle, punctuated by a previous developer’s attempts at a partnership. During construction, a drawing of an angel and a community-drawn mural on the construction fence served as a reminder of the building’s past.
Renderings courtesy of Urban Compass
Neighborhoods : Clinton Hill