Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oh my Lord!


From Brownstoner:

The once gracious boulevard of mansions and churches known as Bushwick Avenue is no stranger to the incongruous, but we did a double take when we saw Isaac & Stern’s plan to convert a small brick church there into a residential apartment building. The avenue, which has become a heavily trafficked route to the Jackie Robinson expressway, is a jumbled mix of the commercial and residential, large and small, including a giant electrical substation. Many of the mansions and row houses have been disfigured by inappropriate renovations and a few are in extreme states of decay, like a house at the corner of Halsey and Bushwick whose side is covered in a plywood quilt, some of it peeling away. The design, above, makes no secret of its marriage of old and new, which can sometimes work well, but the outsize addition is somewhat reminiscent of the Carroll Gardens “hunchback” building, aka the Carroll Gardens Atrocity.

Just think, somewhere out there is an architect who is proud of this.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Two quick comments,the Jackie (formerly the Interboro) is a parkway,not an expressway.Second is a question.What happened to the Nuwaubian/Ansaru Muslim compound between Myrtle and Dekalb Aves.?

Anonymous said...

A little more history about this church here

FlooshingRezident said...

It's so much better than any shit that would be built in Flooshing. At least it's not bright orange brick with Fedders covers!

Anonymous said...

It actually isn't that awful. At least they kept the old fashioned facade.

Anonymous said...

This is the best modern American architects can do? What a disgrace! It kept the fa├žade, big deal.

Deke DaSilva said...

Just think, somewhere out there is an architect who is proud of this.

Vitruvius is rolling in his grave!

Anonymous said...

Its ugly but the rent is probably some outrageous price that not many people can afford!