Gertler & Wente Architects

condos, Construction Update, Greenpoint, New Developments, Williamsburg

Gertler & Wente Architects, 247 Driggs Avenue, The Driggs Haus, Williamsburg development,

The Driggs Haus at 247 Driggs Avenue is a 23,500-square-foot condominium building developed by Greenpoint Luxury Development LLC (who purchased the three-story structure that previously stood on the site for $950,000 in 2013) with Gertler & Wente Architects handling the design. The project, situated at the corner of Graham and Driggs Avenues near McCarren Park, has been slow to wrap up construction, with its topped-off concrete frame shrouded in netting for some time now. Ultimately, there will be 19 homes spread throughout the project’s five floors, and a soon-to-be-launched website marketing the units brings us a handful of new images and details.

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Architecture, New Developments, Soho

Soho Cast-Iron Building Regains Its Lost Floors…and Then Some

By Emrys Fitzgerald, Wed, February 10, 2016

SoHo, Cast-Iron District, LPC, Landmarks Preservation

A rendering of the new addition (L); A historic view of the building from a 1930s tax photo (R)

A truncated two-story building in Soho’s Cast-Iron Historic District is regaining its lost floors, and then some. In 2013, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a four-story addition to 29 Greene Street that sought to recapture the structure’s original design, and now steel framing is heading up. Built in 1878 as a four-floor building with a classic cast-iron front, a fire destroyed the top two floors sometime before the area’s landmark designation in 1974. Enough historic detail remained for the Commission to include the building in the district, and now its remaining cast-iron elements will be used to replicate the facade on upper floors.

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