New York City has a unique ability to combine the best of history with glimpses toward the future. The historic Standish Arms Hotel was designed by F.S. Lowe in 1903, as a classic 12-story Beaux-Arts building in Brooklyn Heights.The building first operated as a hotel and is famed for inspiring the name of Clark Kent’s residence in the Superman comic books. Later, the handsome building with bay windows was a residence hall for Jehovah’s Witnesses who worked for the society’s printing and distribution businesses.

Today the building, now known simply as The Standish, is being converted into condominiums by DDG. The firm has revealed a model home: a two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence priced at $2.5 million and furnished and accessorized in collaboration with acclaimed showroom and gallery Matter.

Keying off a renewed preference for color and bold individualistic style, Residence 3C at The Standish plays to the contemporary Brooklyn style and aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the building’s history and turn-of-the-century style.

Using brass, wood and marble, all of which reflect the finishes and materials incorporated into the actual design of the home by DDG, Matter created a warm and welcoming space.

In its first model residence to date, Matter selected pieces from the in-house Matter Made collection. Items include a multi-color glass lighting fixture by New York-based lighting and product designer Bec Brittain in the master bedroom, which creates a soothing ambiance as well as an artistic focal point in the room.

The home’s clean lines are accentuated by the furniture, while large bay windows frame the neighborhood’s inherent charm.