CLINTON HILL – A posh, modern two-bedroom, two-bath condo is currently priced at $1.55 million at 4 Downing Street, in what was formerly the famed Broken Angel House.
Built in the 1880s, 4 Downing Street (at Quincy Street) was purchased by the artists Arthur and Cynthia Wood in 1979 for $2,000. Over the years, the couple transformed the former Brooklyn Trolley headquarters into a whimsical and quirky architectural landmark, adding spires to the rooftop and creating stained glass windows from broken bottles. The artists and their abode were featured in the 2005 film, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.
After a fire broke out in the building in 2006 and a subsequent DOB inspection, the home was deemed unsafe and the Woods were ordered to vacate, launching a years-long court battle that culminated in Arthur being forced out in 2013 (Cynthia died of cancer during the legal proceedings). In 2014, the developer Alex Barrett purchased the building for $4.1 million and converted it into a ten-unit boutique condominium. The unit currently on the market was purchased newly constructed two years back for $1.42 million, 6sqft reports.
The top-floor, 1,311-square-foot unit features oversized windows, high ceilings, washer/dryer, and a private roof deck with a dining pergola. The sleek design is a far cry from Broken Angel’s former gritty DIY charm.
Check out the condo’s full listing at Compass for more photos.