Landmarks Approves Expansion of 75 St. Marks Avenue, Prospect Heights

Rendering of 75. St. Marks AvenueRendering of 75. St. Marks Avenue

In February, a proposal to expand a three-story structure in Brooklyn was not approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, having been deemed too visible. On Tuesday, the applicant returned to the LPC and they approved a scaled down proposal to expand 75 St. Marks Avenue. That’s near the corner of Flatbush Avenue in the Prospect Heights Historic District.

Old tax photo of 75 St. Marks Avenue

Old tax photo of 75 St. Marks Avenue

As reported then, the structure, complete with storefront, was designed by Octave A. DeComps and built in 1878.

Existing conditions at 75 St. Marks Avenue

Existing conditions at 75 St. Marks Avenue

The expansion plan has been designed by Lower Manhattan-based Ogawa Depardon Architects. Last time, the plan was to expand it to five stories, to accommodate a restaurant spanning the cellar and the first floor, a two-bedroom apartment on the second and third floors, and a second two-bedroom apartment on the fourth and fifth floors. It also called for a modest single-story rear yard addition.

Rendering of rear of 75 St. Marks Avenue

Rendering of rear of 75 St. Marks Avenue

75 St. Marks Avenue has no stoop, and therefore, an unusual cornice height when compared to its neighbors to the right. That meant adding two stories, as proposed in February, would be a very visible expansion, and create an even more unusual cornice height situation, only in the opposite direction.

So, the applicant reduced the proposal by one story, with the revised plan being a restaurant spanning the cellar and the first floor, a two-bedroom apartment spanning the second and third floors, and a one-bedroom apartment on the fourth floor, plus a roof terrace.

While the addition will still be visible from Flatbush Avenue, it will be much less so. It will also be obviously set back from the cornice.

Rendering of 75 St. Marks Avenue, view from Flatbush Avenue

Rendering of 75 St. Marks Avenue, view from Flatbush Avenue

LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan appreciated the reduction in visibility, but noted the existence of rooftop additions down the street in expressing her satisfaction with the revised proposal. Commissioner Diana Chapin called the design tweaks “responsive.”

View the full presentation slides here:
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1 Comment on "Landmarks Approves Expansion of 75 St. Marks Avenue, Prospect Heights"

  1. The chosen one | April 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm |

    A well responsive design to the neighborhood indeed

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