The house was built for a doctor around 1887 and underwent significant alterations at the turn of the 20th century to convert it to an apartment building, at which time a four-story addition and garage were added. CWB proposed removal of those alterations, and the construction of a two-story rear extension. The extension is designed to respond to the traditional row house tea porch aesthetic commonly seen throughout Brooklyn Heights. A masonry wall featuring a blind window runs parallel to Joralemon Street, and the rear-facing façade is treated as in-fill, detailed entirely with wood. The house is unique in that, being located on a corner site, it takes advantage of having its main entrance on the “long” elevation. This organization, combined with the central stair, optimizes the sizes of the typical front and rear rowhouse rooms in what is an otherwise narrow house.
On the interior, a disjointed staircase was replaced with a continuous, elegantly curved stair, recomposed to better suit the new layout. An existing fireplace mantel was refurbished and relocated to the formal living room, and a mix of herringbone pattern and straight-lay wide plank flooring flow through the traditional layout of rooms. The children’s bedrooms, on the fourth floor, exist within the original attic and hipped roof structure, allowing for higher than typical ceilings on a topmost floor. The rear yard has become an extension of the family room, and features a garden and seating area, as well as permeable pavers that provide for a grassy parking court. The custom designed fence blends seamlessly into the Brooklyn Heights historic fabric.
This project was a finalist in the kitchen category for the NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards.