Originally built in 1903, The Standish was once a Beaux-Arts hotel that became a rooming house and later a luxury rental, and now is about to open as the only new luxury condominium in the center of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District.Situated just off the borough’s famous promenade at 171 Columbia Heights, the 12-story building has either partial or complete water and city views of the East River, downtown Brooklyn, the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges and the Statue of Liberty from some 65 percent of its units. The 29 one- to five-bedroom residences, priced from $1.15 million to more than $16 million for the penthouse, will be ready for move-ins by the end of the year.
The conversion was developed by DDG, a group that both designs and builds its own properties, in partnership with Westbrook Partners. “They are known for their contemporary adaptations of historic spaces, with a very distinctive DDG signature that in this case is a fresh and approachable reimagining of a much-admired building,” said James Lansill, Senior Managing Director of Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group. “The exterior was restored, and the interior extensively updated, with art in the lobby by a talented Brooklyn-based artist. This project is an indicator of the future for the city’s first historic district. The reality is that many people buy very expensive townhouses in the area and completely gut them inside, making very contemporary interiors – and this building skews to what buyers are already demanding.”