The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is now reviewing updated proposals to construct an Education and Welcome Center at Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Greenwood Heights. The project includes restoration of the Weir Greenhouse, a landmarked Victorian building, and the construction of a new L-shaped building.
Located at 749 Fifth Avenue, the new building will technically sit outside the landmark-designated boundary, which only includes the greenhouse and a small sliver of land at the rear of the existing property. However, considering the visual impact the new building will have on the historic greenhouse, the project team likely decided to play it safe and pursue the support of the LPC.
Restoration of the historic greenhouse will include installation of a new copper roof, a glazed terracotta façade, bluestone brick at the base of the building, and bronze window mullions. Areas surrounding the greenhouse will be transformed into a landscaped courtyard that leads into the welcome center.
The new building will house a research center, multiple gallery spaces, a catering kitchen, and a classroom. The façade will comprise bronzed horizontal panels set atop floor-to-ceiling windows.
Renderings packaged in this iteration of proposals are a dramatic departure from original plans designed by Page Ayres Cowley. In those plans, the new welcome center is positioned much closer to the greenhouse with a bland, uninspired façade facing the historic greenhouse. The LPC approved proposals to renovate the greenhouse, but rejected the proposed welcome center.
Today, Architecture Research Office (ARO) is leading the design of the new welcome center and integration with the historic property. The design team presented their proposals to the LPC on Tuesday, October 5, and its members are now reviewing the submission.