Nineteenth-century British architect John Nash is apparently staging some sort of comeback in Gramercy Park. Here’s some of the marketing copy for the Belgravia, a 44-unit midrise condo building planned for Bellefontaine St., just west of Stella Link:
Following the traditions of neo-classical design, by one of Englands greatest architects John Nash, The Belgravia takes us to one of the most exciting times of British innovation where the most remarkable landmarks were sought, built, and admired.
The planning commission recently approved Sunhill Development’s replat of the property, over some vocal neighborhood opposition.
After the jump, more pics of the former British Empire’s Braeswood Place outpost!
Sunhill has clearly paid careful attention to Nash’s legacy in the design of the ground-floor parking,
the placement of elevators in the floor plan,
and in the design of the rooftop pool and garden areas.
An upset neighbor who set up her own protest website took this photo of a portion of the property — at 4026 Bellefontaine — last October:
The neighbor also posted a closeup of the project sign at that time, which featured a somewhat different-looking building — along with a politely worded plea for artistic tolerance:
The design and construction of The Belgravia is an art form and an ongoing process. The floor plans, features, and prices may change without notice. Illustrations are artists’ depictions only and may differ from the completed improvements.
If neighbors would simply appreciate just how difficult it is to revive the ongoing work of an architect who’s been dead for more than 170 years, maybe they’d cut the developers a little more slack.