Arthur Wood, 75, and his wife Cynthia, 69, have lived in the Brooklyn building known as the Broken Angel for 27 years. When they bought it, it was a broken-down building, and they’ve spent the last 27 years converting it into a home and art installation. They’re our favorite kind of eccentrics who have created an environment mirroring their inner selves.
After buying and moving in to the building, formerly the headquarters of the Brooklyn Trolley, in 1979, Arthur Wood and his wife gradually transformed it into a quirky piece of sculpture in and of itself, with an elaborate structure on top, partly exposed sides and intricate masonry.
The home has had its moments of fame. It was the backdrop for Dave Chappelleâ€™s recent concert film, â€œBlock Party,â€ and in 1991 a short documentary about Mr. Woodâ€™s rooftop sculpture was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.
Now, there’s been a fire and the building department went in and found a â€œ50-foot vertical extensionâ€ and a â€œ15-foot vertical extensionâ€ at the top of the building. A spokesman from the department said, â€œThat means no permits, that means no plans; that is illegal.”
Now, the owners and their son have made appeals to architects and engineers to come and help and save their fabulous creation.
Angel owner won’t quit, from the NY Daily News
Brooklyn Art House rules hazardous, from the NY Times