170 Hicks Street: Brooklyn, New York
Situated in the heart of the Historic District, 170 Hicks Street had been a vacant eyesore for about 20 years, until a local developer turned the six-story townhouse into residential condominiums.
Both the developer and Martin Brandwein worked closely with the Brooklyn Heights Association and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to ensure that the newly renovated building would harmonize with surrounding townhouses. The exterior renovation encompassed rebuilding the stoop and formal entry, adding nre metal railings and windows, and replacing the concrete sidewalk with bluestone.
Because the Interior was badly divided and in such poor condition, the building was largely gutted, and each apartment carefully restored. The new units employ a logical layout of well proportioned rooms, traditional moldings, and existing fireplaces.
In March 1997, the new york Landmarks Conservancy awarded the project the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award- its highest honor for excellence in historic preservation.