Work commences on Broken Angel condo conversion

Longtime home to art project in Clinton Hill giving way to condominiums

Broken Angel home
Broken Angel home

Work is under way at Clinton Hill’s quirky Broken Angel building, a tenement-turned-art project that will now become ten condominiums.

The permit issued for 4 Downing Street specifies interior and exterior renovation, and a downshift in the number of units from nine to eight, Brownstoner reported. The work is expected to cost $1.1 million in total, and another two condominium units will join the eight at 8 Downing Street.

Owner Alex Barrett of Barrett Design and Development closed on a $4.1 million deal for the 4-6 Downing Street house and adjacent lot in January. Conversion plans are moving forward despite ex-owner Arthur Wood’s hopes of regaining the property, which fell into foreclosure in 2008.

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Wood and his wife Cynthia purchased Broken Angel in 1979 and installed art works and stained-glass windows. A 2006 fire ripped through the home in 2006, and the owners attempted a condominium conversion along with Madison Realty Capital. Madison filed to foreclose in 2008, and the property went up for auction in March 2012. [Brownstoner]Julie Strickland