One could easily walk past the stunning historic church at the corner of DeGraw Street and Strong Street and decide that an afternoon mass was in order. Just out of curiosity, you would want to see what beauty lies behind the walls of this Gothic Revival structure. But there would be no entry and certainly no mass to join. For the church is now a condo.
Located amidst the Cobble Hill Historic District, 58 Strong Place, aptly named The Landmark at Strong, is one of many residential conversions of older churches in the borough of Brooklyn. But given the historic preservation of its dramatic exterior and the seamless integration into this flawless stretch of pre-war townhouses, we are adding it as our latest edition of “Buildings We Love.”
This landmarked building, with its beautiful brownstone exterior, is home to 23 atypical homes, each one integrating the historic details of the past with the modern conveniences of today.
Aside from the exterior stones, the building’s pointed arches, steep gables and oversized multi-pane windows are a visual delight whether you’re a passing neighbor or a lucky resident.
The original church structure was designed by architect Minard Lafever. Lafever was an impactful American architect in the mid-19th century whose work focused on the construction of churches. The publication of his early pattern books spread the influence of the Greek Revival style of architecture.
58 Strong Place was completed in 1851 and repurposed to residential use in 2013. The architectural firm of Baxt Ingui Architects was responsible for the restoration of the property. The apartments are loft-like and range in size from 1000 to 2000 square feet. Some of the units are duplexed and enjoy private roof terraces.
Grand arched doorways lead to the building’s main lobby. The original brass chandeliers, building artifacts and a carved wooden altarpiece are part of the lobby aesthetic. Private mailboxes made of brass, grace the interior lobby which boasts vaulted ceilings and two elevators.
Modern day amenities include a 24/7 virtual doorman, outdoor parking, fitness center, storage units, bike room and common outdoor space. Each unit has a washer/dryer hookup and central heating and cooling.
The building is located on one of the best blocks in Cobble Hill and is in close proximity to the fantastic shops on Court, Atlantic and Smith as well as major subway and bus lines.
While there are currently no apartments available for sale at 58 Strong, two apartments have recently sold. Apartment 1-C transferred in August of this year for $1.5 million and apartment 2-G traded for $1.775 million in May. The price per square foot for both apartments was in the $1250-$1300 range.
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