Most of Mortar Architecture + Development’s projects – ranging from the modern to the traditional – are located in East Williamsburg. But they’re also designing a building in the neighborhood that came just before Williamsburg in the gentrification chain: Alphabet City.
At 324 East Fourth Street, between Avenue C and Avenue D in Alphabet City, Mortar is designing an addition to a Greek Revival townhouse that had been painted in a mural for years. (While the architect’s website calls it a “100-year-old brick townhouse,” townhouse construction was basically finished in Manhattan by 1900, certainly in what is now Alphabet City. Its Greek Revival features mark it as well over 150 years old.)
The four-story, three-unit building is currently in the process of being expanded into a seven-story, 11-unit structure, reaching 60 feet into the air. The apartments would be spread over nearly 9,000 square feet of space (up from a bit more than 6,000 before the renovation), with a full-floor duplex penthouse on top and two apartments per floor above the ground level.
Anthony Morena’s Mortar Architecture + Development is also listed as the developer, picking up the property last summer for an undisclosed sum.
The architecture/development team describes the project on their website:
The 11-unit building is created using LED lighting, locally sourced materials including zero-VOC paints and lighting by Apparatus. The building lobby and each kitchen is finished with reclaimed wood from the original townhouse, walnut cabinetry and Calcutta Gold Marble countertops. The rooftop lounge will include a green roof, and the rooftop terrace is finished with a custom cypress wood trellis.
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