The Evolution Of 601 Broderick

Photos: Nuala Sawyer
By Nuala Sawyer - Published on May 15, 2014.
Remember this old house on the corner of Grove and Broderick?

If you've walked by recently, you may have noticed things have changed a little ...

... and we're not just referring to the weather. Over the past year 601 Broderick has undergone a massive renovation, turning a crumbling hazard into a beautiful Victorian reminiscent of the turn of the century. 

Built in 1900, the 4,000 square foot single-family home was for several decades the home of Gethsemane Baptist Church.  In 1977 they added an entryway to the front of the house, prompting backlash from the neighborhood:

Unfortunately, maintaining the building was not in the church's budget, and it fell into serious disrepair. In 2012 the doors shuttered and the building went up for sale. The real estate listing didn't gloss over its flaws:

Not for the faint of heart or the faithless. This property needs a revival. If your clients are clamoring for something different, you can make them believers. Transform the building into something new and spectacular. Heaven only knows what the possibilities could be! 

The building was quickly purchased by real estate developers Highland Ferndale Partners for $1.4 million, 40% over the asking price. Owner David Papale acknowledges that while the building has the capability to be converted into 6 apartments, it's being renovating to its original single-family home state, without "that horrible addition." 

During the time between the church closing and the property being bought, a neighborhood commenter tagged it with this editorial:

(Photo: Amy Farrah Weiss / NDDivis)

It seems the building still has a ways to go. A crew is currently still at work, ladders can be seen through the large windows and there are piles of rubble by the front door. But in no time at all, this grandiose building that once housed a church will be set to blend back into the neighborhood as just another beautifully renovated Victorian. 

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