Plans to construct a single-family townhouse at 56 Middagh Street in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District have finally been approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). The LPC rejected the plans in January and December 2020, then approved the architectural plans on May 18, 2021.
Designed by Pratt + Black Architects, the three-story townhouse will occupy a partially vacant lot that sits between an existing single-story garage and another three-story townhouse. The exterior of the building will now include a red brick masonry, pale stone lintels, and a slightly modified window system compared to previous renderings.
The former design called for a pale brown brick façade, industrial-style windows, and a third-floor balcony that extended above Middagh Street. The architects worked closely with the Brooklyn Heights Association to present an amenable design that could appease the Commissioners but did not succeed until this week’s public hearing.
The approvals were granted on the condition that both the brick rear façade and stone cladding at the base of the building be refined in terms of texture and finish, and that the height of the side parapets be “restudied.”
No work may begin until a Certificate of Appropriateness has been issued.