Landmarks & Preservation

The Arches

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: February 2005

Location: Cobble Hill Historic Disctrict, Brooklyn


"The Arches" is a 95,000 s.f. adaptive reuse project in the Cobble Hill Historic District in Brooklyn, consisting of 60 high-end residences in three existing structures: a Church, Academy and Rectory, and one new building that links the existing buildings at ground level. New steel skeletons within existing envelopes were designed for the church and rectory, using existing bearing walls and wood trusses to support the roofs. The deteriorated facades required delicate detailing of the restoration, and the interior design incorporates original architectural elements such as vaulted ceilings, wood columns, exposed brick, wood trusses and stained glass panels. A 3,000 s.f. duplex that incorporates the bell tower, creating an atrium 30' high, is one of 32 unique apartment layouts. This development was unanimously accepted by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, which praised the contextual design and approach to existing structures.