Landmarks Commission Approves Changes To 15 Willow Street

After making changes to their proposal, the four-story building at 15 Willow Street (which is at the corner of Middagh Street) will be getting a new façade. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved those changes at Tuesday morning’s session.

The updated proposal included a dramatic reduction in the visibility of the staircase to the roof, which has been integrated with the chimney. In addition, the HVAC units have been relocated, a darker tint will be used for the window along the roof deck (which is seen in the proposal as having a pool), a new glass railing will be used on the roof, and the garage will feature a more refined design, in keeping with the garages in the area.

LPC chair Meenakshi Srinivasan was “pleased” with the reduced visibility and the redesigned staircase. She said the new garage design was “responsive.” Commissioner Roberta Washington was concerned about the new window tint not really showing how it would look in all conditions. So, that the applicant will experiment with different windows and the issue will be resolved at the staff level. The application was approved unanimously.

—Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.

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  • Andrew Porter

    This building, for decades occupied by Catholic Charities and used to house developmentally-challenged people under the supervision of nuns, is in the process of being gutted. The garage entrance has been the object of numerous graffiti attacks over the decades, resulting in the current appearance. I hope the renovated building includes really efficient noise reducing windows, due to its location immediately across the street from the BQE.