I noticed construction going on at 405 Gates Avenue, a prominent three-story building on the corner of Nostrand Avenue. Turns out the building has a very interesting history — according to Brownstoner, it was built around 1888 as a public meeting house known as Arlington Hall. It was commonly used by fraternal organizations and societies as the area became home to an upper and middle class. According to writer Montrose Morris, “From what scraps of information I’ve gleaned, the building originally had meeting rooms, offices, a dining room and a bowling alley.” It was boarded up in the 70s and fell into disrepair.
Current construction will restore this building for commercial purposes. The architect, Marianne Russo, reported that the project faced delays with the Department of Buildings. But everything is back in order with the Department of Buildings, she said, although she couldn’t give a construction timeline. While the building suffered from some serious neglect, the team is trying to maintain the facade as much as possible. It’ll be great to see it open to the public again!