LPC Approves Expansion Project at 53 Pearl Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn

Updated rendering of 53 Pearl Street - Mancini DuffyUpdated rendering of 53 Pearl Street - Mancini Duffy

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has approved the expansion of an existing residential building at 53 Pearl Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. With pre-construction underway, the building will slowly rise from four to eight stories.

The Italianate-style structure, originally completed in 1880 as a factory for the Masury Paint Company, was recently converted into a rental apartment building. Initial proposals from BKSK Architects were presented in March 2019 and called for a six-story addition. The city’s Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and the local community board rejected those proposals as “out of scale” and “inappropriate” given the industrial texture of the neighborhood.

Following this meeting, the LPC did not grant necessary approvals for construction to proceed.

Originally proposed (left) and previously approved renderings (right) of 53 Pearl Street from BKSK Architects. The ADA ramp illustrated will no longer be constructed.

Originally proposed (left) and previously approved renderings (right) of 53 Pearl Street from BKSK Architects. **The ADA ramp illustrated will no longer be constructed.

In response, the project team reduced the expansion from six to four stories. The team also replaced the expansion’s dense red brick façade with recessed glazing, bright metal fins, and ornamental gray metal cladding that delineates each floor above the fourth level. Renderings were previously attributed to BKSK Architects. This time around, the latest batch of renderings are credited to Mancini Duffy, a New York-based architecture and interior design studio.

The latest drawings reveal an ADA-compliant entryway, blade signage with the building’s address, cast iron entry stairs, and a bright new coat of paint for the Pearl Street elevation. New renderings do not include a previously approved ADA ramp.

The project team has not revealed an anticipated completion date for the expansion.

Existing view of 53 Pearl Street - Mancini Duffy

Existing view of 53 Pearl Street – Mancini Duffy

Existing view of 53 Pearl Street (left) and updated facade (right) - Mancini Duffy

Existing view of 53 Pearl Street (left) and updated facade (right) – Mancini Duffy

Rendering of cast iron stairs at 53 Pearl Street - Mancini Duffy

Rendering of cast iron stairs at 53 Pearl Street – Mancini Duffy

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4 Comments on "LPC Approves Expansion Project at 53 Pearl Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn"

  1. David in Bushwick | October 22, 2021 at 10:03 am | Reply

    Nice project.

  2. Finally. And, it still looks alright too me.

  3. “**The ADA ramp illustrated will no longer be constructed”

    Thank goodness for that. Those things can really wreck a good design. If thete is any other way to create handicap access, that thing should be done before these hideous ramps.

  4. Aernette Battle | October 29, 2021 at 9:17 pm | Reply

    Please send me an application. Very much interested. Credit is great 👍

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