I always wondered about the unusual three-story, mixed-use building at 159 Smith Street between Wycoff and Bergen Streets in Boerum Hill. Amidst a row of brick buildings that seem to have been constructed at the same time, it was the only one that had wood cladding. Over the last few years, the paint on the cladding had begun to peel and the house looked in need of care, but it had a certain charm and had kept its original ornate cornice as well as nice window details.
Sadly, instead of getting renovated, the building will soon be altered. Permits for a two-story addition have been approved by NYC's Department of Buildings.
Not only will the addition make the building stick out from the others on that block, the work will most likely include a new façade. Most probably, the cornice may not survive this alteration either.
Some roof demolition has already begun.
Of late, the building's storefront had been the home of Dr. Garry Levingard, a dentist, who relocated to #208 Smith Street recently.