1921 Cortelyou Road

Brooklyn, New York

We are designing a new 14,700-square-foot church and 76 units of supportive housing for Baptist Church of the Redeemer in Brooklyn as part of a progressive development agreement with MHANY. Baptist Church of the Redeemer’s original building dates back to the 1920s; the existing brick masonry sanctuary structure is in poor condition and has not been used by the congregation for many years. The new structure will provide much-needed supportive housing to seniors and formerly homeless women and families. The two uses will be separate with autonomous entries and building systems. The church will have a sky-lit sanctuary, offices, and classrooms on the first floor, with a large dining room and additional classrooms in in the basement level. The housing portion of the building will have support and activity spaces on the lower levels and a laundry room and two roof terraces on the upper levels. To incorporate the rich history of the Church, reclaimed elements, such as the pews and select stained glass pieces, have been included in the new design. The highly energy-efficient building design complies with Enterprise Green Communities. Supportive housing services will be provided by Turning Point and Brooklyn Community Services, which facilitate educational, career training, and physical activities for the multi-generational residents.

Client: MHANY Management Inc. and Baptist Church of the Redeemer

Agency: NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

Structural: Silman

MEP: Loring Consulting Engineers

Civil: Leonard J. Strandberg and Associates

Energy: AEA

Lighting: Jim Conti Lighting Design

Kitchen: Culinary Depot

General Contractor: Mega Contracting Group

ESKW/A Advocates at “Love Overflowing”

ESKW/A Advocates at “Love Overflowing”

Last month, Partner Kimberly Murphy took part in Love Overflowing – a virtual exhibition showcasing LGBTQ supportive housing projects in NYC. Organized by Build Out Alliance (BOA) and moderated by recent ESKW/A hire Edward May, the event had architects share the...