INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about the storefront's past life as a grocery store?
Previously a two-floor space used as a grocery store, the second floor was removed prior to aptsandlofts.com
’s interest in the space, adding double the height to the front portion of the space. I also left the original wooden beams exposed throughout the space, which resonate with Brownstone Brooklyn.
Close attention was paid to the storefront; I worked closely with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to design a storefront that seamlessly blended with the neighborhood and the surrounding storefronts on Court Street, as well as to mimic the original storefront for the property. It consists of a floor to ceiling wall of glass separated into three panels as well as a transom along the top of the storefront and several panels and reveals. Aside from the glass, the storefront is completely made of steel providing a very elegant and high-end look. The storefront is a “tip of the hat” to the original storefronts at 236 Court Street. Additional features include vintage light fixtures that highlight the aptsandlofts.com sign band at night.
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