Brook Avenue Gardens
The restoration and rebirth of the Hertlein & Schlatter Building in the South Bronx represents an exemplary preservation project that involved the conversion of a long-forgotten and dilapidated nineteenth-century industrial building into rental apartments for low and moderate income families.
Due to the poor condition of the structure following a fire, restoration required the repair and replacement of large areas of original brick. An exhaustive search turned up replacement bricks that matched the color, size and texture of the one-hundred-year old originals. In the interior, the building’s structural members were preserved and exposed. In the original 1887 portion of the building, the apartment units and lobby areas retain the industrial character of the historic building with exposed wood columns, cast iron columns, brick piers and tall ceilings. In the later addition, riveted steel columns punctuate the hallways. Wood girders and brick piers remain exposed throughout the apartments.
All of these details qualified the developers to receive historic tax credits with the approval of the New York State Historic Preservation Office.
Recipient of The Lucy G. Moses Historic Preservation Award.