This redevelopment is an infill project consisting of one
single-family residence and a 3-unit townhouse. Although once the location
of Port Washington's first commercial brewery, the former brick building and
property had fallen into severe disrepair.
The redevelopment concept is to infill the west side of the
property with a 1- 1/2 story, craftsman style single family residence that
blends in with the existing residential character along Harrison Street.
The significant grade change from Harrison Street (high) to Wisconsin Street
(low) was capitalized on by providing the single family residence with a garage
entry off of the basement level, not visible from Harrison Street (further
blending with the predominant "alley access" residences on Harrison St.).
The east portion of the property, fronting Wisconsin Street,
was chosen for the 3-unit townhouse building. Because of the busier nature
of Wisconsin Street, a higher density of residential units is appropriate.
But also, because Wisconsin Street is busier, garage access to the row houses
was designed to enter the site from Harrison Street. Providing shared
vehicular access between the single family residence and multi-family units also
results in less paved surface, thereby increasing the green space.
The townhouse units have several enhanced architectural
features, on both the exterior and interior. Examples of exterior features
include: all brick facades (including brick fan-course and split-face lintel and
wainscoting detailing); large window fenestrations on the east and west sides to
maximize daylight into the units; recessed split-level entrances at the front to
provide privacy, separation, and shelter; flying cornices with support brackets;
and an overall "geometric rhythm". As a way to acknowledge the history of
the property, the front bays of the units will be faced with cream city brick
reclaimed from the former brewery building. Examples of interior features
include: an open concept floor plan to public spaces, use of transom windows
above doorways to allow daylight to travel through the interior space, 9-foot
high ceilings, and built-in nooks, just to name a few.
This is an exciting project, not only because of its unique
features, but also because of the mix of residential choices it brings to the
community, combined with the visual improvement to the neighborhood!