As YIMBY reported when the renovation plan was first presented in February, the three-story Arts and Crafts structure is located at the west end of the street, just east of the tracks for the B and Q trains and just south of Foster Avenue. It was built around 1913 by Slee & Bryson with E.R. Strong. It has been altered over the years, most notably with a front porch expansion, and fell under the LPC’s jurisdiction in 2008 with the designation of the Fiske Terrace-Midwood Park Historic District.
The renovation design comes from architect Nick Liberis of the Williamsburg-based firm Albo Liberis. A single-story free-standing garage in the rear yard will be demolished, which will give the house’s new owner a larger yard.
The house’s front porch will be restored to its historic width; however, the house’s width will grow from the chimney rearward. There will be lots of new fenestrations, including a door on the left side of the house. One of the big problems commissioners had with the initial proposal was the loss of the two-story dormer on the front of the house. This time around, it was restored, but also enlarged two feet vertically.
Plans indicate the renovated house will have a living room, formal dining room, kitchen, den and powder room on the first floor; four bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a laundry room on the second floor; and a master bedroom and bathroom, a baby room, a powder room and a very large walk-in closet on the third floor.
LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan asked why the dormer had been made so much taller. Liberis said it was to allow for the aforementioned closet on the front of the house. Commissioner Diana Chapin said there was “something about the proportion” of this proposal that troubled her. Commissioner Michael Devonshire wanted the dormer to stay as-is.
In the end, the commissioners voted to approve the proposal, which Chair Srinivasan said would see the house “brought back to life.” However, the applicant will work with the LPC staff to refine some of the details, including the height of the dormer.