New Life For A Brooklyn Retail Landmark

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Reimagined by GreenbergFarrow Architecture for developer United American Land, The Offerman House is a unique luxury loft rental community located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn.  Constructed in 1893, the building is considered a prime example of Romanesque Revival architecture.  The landmarked historic facades on Fulton and Duffield Streets are clad with limestone, buff colored brick and terra cotta.

The Offerman House is a true piece of Brooklyn history. The building takes its name from its builder, Henry Offerman, the president of the Brooklyn Sugar Refining Company.  It has been home to a variety of retailers over the years, starting with the S. Wechsler & Brother dry goods store, which specialized in raw fabric, clothing and other textiles.

However, Martin’s Department Store was the building’s most notable tenant.  This store occupied the building for over 50 years - from 1924 to 1979.  During the 1960’s, Martin’s sold more wedding gowns than any other vendor in the country.

Today, The Offerman House has been reborn as 121 studio, one, two and three-bedroom homes, now available for lease through Citi Habitats New Developments.  These residential lofts were inspired by the building’s commercial roots, and offer spacious open floorplans, oversized floor-to-ceiling windows, ceiling heights over 15 feet and raised platform bedrooms.

In contrast to the ornate exterior, interior finishes are sleek and modern and were chosen to complement the unique architectural detail in each home.  Kitchens are complete with a full stainless-steel appliance package, custom pendant lighting and ‘Misty Carrera’ Caesarstone quartz countertops and backsplash.

A full suite of amenities was designed to foster a sense of communal living.  The lobby’s mezzanine level boasts a residents’ co-working lounge and party room with kitchen.  There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center and 10-seat theatre room - perfect for late-night movie marathons with friends and fellow tenants.

The spectacular ‘Top of the House’ roof terrace is the building’s crown jewel.  This private park is an escape from the action below and offers sweeping views of Downtown Brooklyn and the Manhattan skyline.  A fire pit, two grill areas with communal dining tables and a selection of private cabanas make it the perfect place for warm-weather entertaining.  An outdoor movie screen is flanked by a green wall and faces the rooftop’s great lawn.  Accessible via a ramped walkway, the upper terrace is a place to unwind.  It features a natural meadow with ornamental grasses and lounging hammocks.

One of Brooklyn’s most distinctive residential buildings, The Offerman House respects its rich architectural history.  Meanwhile, the residences and amenities are tailored to the way today’s New Yorkers live and provide the ultimate 21st-century urban lifestyle.

All photos by: Travis Mark

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