Brooklyn Heights Townhouse
We are an NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission award-winning firm.
We have worked on dozens of historic buildings – starting with the reconstruction of a log cabin in southern Indiana built in 1824, to adaptive reuse of late 1800’s manufacturing buildings in Tribeca and Soho, to the complete restoration of townhouses dating back to 1840.
This Brooklyn Heights Residence was built in 1831 as a 3 story house. In 1881 it was substantially altered by architect William Tubby in the Flemish style. The project involved extensive historic research and preservation – recreating details and original elements – going so far as to have custom brick manufactured to match the original.
The stairstep detail at both sides of the gable on the top floor were restored, details above and below the windows re-created, new hand-made custom wood windows fabricated, new brick custom made and new custom cast iron fence fabricated.
“I have a very strong personal feeling that we are not owners of these historic buildings – but merely caretakers for a brief period – and it is our responsibility to maintain them for the caretakers to come.”
We were very fortunate to have a client dedicated to going to great lengths to restore the building to its original condition. This photo shows the front fence, stoop, lower facade and window details before the restoration.
Working from tax lot and other historic photos, we prepared drawings to re-create the profiles of the original cast iron – then found a company to custom cast it. With the exception of the horizontal handrail sections all elements were new custom castings.
One of the most unique features of this house is a 50′ tall brick chimney – braced by flying buttresses. Seen here before restoration, the chimney was leaning and in danger of collapse.
The chimney was carefully dismantled by hand, the brick cleaned, the mortar tested for original color and composition, then rebuilt.