Historic Conversion Plus Modern Homes
By Linda Collins
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — The long-awaited re-launch of sales is taking place this week at the historic and once-controversial 20 Henry St. building in Brooklyn Heights.
Offered through Stribling Marketing Associates, the property, which runs along Henry Street between Middagh and Poplar streets, is being promoted as having two distinct buildings on the one site — the renovated and converted former home of the Peaks Mason Mints factory (The Middagh) and the modern new construction (The Poplar).
“This is the only project in the area to offer buyers a choice of an historic industrial aesthetic, or a classically modern one,” said Michael Chapman, executive vice president at Stribling.
The “Candy Factory,” as it used to be called, was a Mitchell Lama building with lofts for artists. It became controversial when a new owner bought out of that program with plans to create condos, and then proceeded to evict the artists.
Since then the circa-1885 building has gone through several owners and investors as well as many presentations of new design plans before the Landmarks Preservation Commission and weathered the storm of a negative reaction to a totally new building in the candy factory’s large courtyard.
Now, with a design by PKSB Architects, the 38 condominiums are ready for a public viewing. They range from studios to four-bedroom units, including six penthouse homes. Prices range from $450,000 to $2.595 million, with the penthouses ranging in price from $2.1 to $2.55 million.
The six penthouses feature spectacular views, private roof decks and, in the Poplar Building, professionally landscaped roof top gardens.
“20 Henry brings true loft living to the neighborhood for the first time,” said Chapman, noting that the original building comprises “a meticulous conversion.”
The Middagh Building’s exterior has been restored to feature the property’s original brick façade, exposed buttresses and rows of massive arched industrial windows, according to Chapman.
The façade also includes the original “Peaks Mints” lettering as homage to the property’s past as home to the confectioners who produced Mason Mints coconut candy bars; Mason Mints round chocolate-covered mint patties; and Dots and Crows, which have since been purchased by Tootsie Roll.
Its interiors are said to “reinvent industrial aesthetic with one-of-a-kind historic elements” in each unit (they are all corner units) with ceilings up to 12 feet, original exposed heavy timber structural beams and columns, oversized windows and finishes that complement the design of these 19th-century lofts.
The adjacent Poplar Building, a present-day, modern industrial style, offers floor-to-ceiling windows and many balconies.
Amenities include a park-like entryway, a vertical “green wall” on the Poplar Building façade plus an attended lobby, a fully-equipped fitness center.