Details on Proposed Residence at 27 Cranberry Street

On Tuesday April 5, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will be hearing the proposal for a new residence planned for the vacant lot at 27 Cranberry Street in Brooklyn Heights.  The 25 x 100 foot lot was purchased last year by developer Louis Greco from BHA governor Brian McGorry.

In advance of the hearing, BHB has learned more about Greco’s plans from design architect/former Brooklyn Heights Association president Tom van den Bout of NV/da design.

Van den Bout and lead architect Martin Santini are not releasing images until after the LPC presentation. However, van den Bout tells us that “despite rumor” the facade will be about 30% glass adding that neighboring buildings are in the 15% – 25% glass range.   All glass in the facade will be windows and a bay window. The rest of it will be “actual brownstone – heavy, dimensionally cut stone – not stucco or veneer.” The stone will be taken from the “same quarry that supplied material for much of the city back in the 1800’s [that has been] recently re-opened.”

In essence, van den Bout tells us, their proposal calls for what will look like and be a “new brownstone.” As for his bona fides in this category, he and wife Brenda Nelson were honored by the NY Landmarks Conservancy with a “Lucy Award” in 2010 for restoring the brownstone at 36 Grace Court.

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  • Cranberry Beret

    Yes but what about the 50 foot height, that’s taller than all of the “old” brownstones nearby and WAY taller than the wood house next door? And the two basements with indoor squash court?

  • stuart little

    the work they did at 36 Grace Court is fabulous. Seriously, if you are not familiar with it walk down Grace Court and take a look and imagine an awful, aluminum-windowed, black-brick, stoopless mess that was there prior to the restoration. That firm does very good high-end work.
    Of course, they have to satisfy their client’s wishes, which in this case may consist of an over-the-top macmansion.