The Washington Square Methodist Church, at 135-139 West Fourth Street just down the street from the park, will be getting a major renovation in order to convert it to a residential building. Talk about sweet digs: This Romanesque Revival church was designed by Charles Hadden and built in 1860, has some great stained-glass windows in front, and is located smack-dab in the middle of the N.Y.U. neighborhood.
Last night, Community Board 2 approved changes to the bluestone behind the church’s fence and some minor changes to its rear facade, in addition to the construction of an extra floor. The five floors will be divvied up into eight apartments, if the Landmarks Preservation Commission follows the community board’s recommendation and gives it the nod. It has not yet been calendared at the L.P.C.
We’ll post details about the apartments as soon as we can get our hands on them.
– Matthew Grace