This residential building on the corner of Orange and Henry Streets in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District comprises a three-story brick addition built on a two-story rehabilitated nineteenth-century masonry structure. Constructed in 1896, the lower building had been dramatically transformed by countless renovations and scarred by years of neglect. A careful restoration has returned the crumbling brick facade to its original condition, restoring its lost fenestration with new historically inspired storefronts, accentuating previously obscured masonry ornament, and revealing granite detailing as well as a bluestone cornice cap. A historically accurate and contextually appropriate rounded metal corner column and new entry complete the restoration. Inside, the existing building has been divided into two floors to provide space for a new retail outlet along Henry Street, a three-bedroom apartment above, and a unique three-story maisonette that features two garden levels and a private entry on Orange Street. To preserve the character of the historic building, the new volume is clearly distinguished by a contrasting brick coloring and projecting windows whose metal frames match the storefronts below. The addition’s three full-floor apartments feature exposure on three sides, wide-plank wood floors, custom cabinetry and refined finishes.
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