Crown Heights Landmark at 991 Saint Johns Place Returns to LPC with Revised Design

Revised rendering of 991 St. Johns Place

Proposals to redevelop and expand a 20’s-era Catholic School at 991 Saint Johns Place have again returned to the Landmark Preservation Commission following criticism from the city agency. Located in Crown Heights the Neo-Classical-style building was originally constructed in 1921 by architect Frank J. Helme.

PKSB Architects and the development team intend to repurpose the school as a residential apartment building. Applications include the construction of rooftop areas, side additions, an entry ramp, and alterations to the facade.

Initial proposals dated October 2018 included doubling the building’s floor count and the construction of an adjacent structure to make room for residential units and amenity areas. Revisions have chopped rooftop additions at the primary building from three to two stories, while the six-story addition could now top-off at three-stories. Building mechanicals have also been repositioned to reduce visibility from street level.

On the exterior, illustrations include darker masonry work at the arched lintels and the existing columns. Placement and organization of building windows has also been updated in new renderings.

The property is currently awaiting LPC approval, and would include preservation of the connected church of St. Gregory.

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2 Comments on "Crown Heights Landmark at 991 Saint Johns Place Returns to LPC with Revised Design"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: It should be revised as desired so afore-mentioned I lie in wait for attractive design on revised.

  2. Joseph Califano | December 6, 2018 at 11:24 am | Reply

    Why post the day after the meeting? The fix was in before the hearing; Landmarks didn’t do its job, which is to keep the existing size and scope. Community Board 8 voted 36-0 against, and the Land Use Committee did too.

    Either Ethel Tyus is getting a payout or this is a glaring example of PKSB’s connection to Jared Kushner paying off again (see the Puck Building).

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