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July 9th, 2006, 07:29 AM
Brownstone, and much more. Limestone, brick, terra cotta, rough-cut granite, even a little clapboard.

Litchfield Villa

Built by Edwin Litchfield in 1857 on the ridge at what would have been 10th Ave (now within Prospect Park), overlooking the tract of frarmland he bought. The parks dept was to restore the stucco facade over a decade ago, but it never happened.
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Corncob Corinthians
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Montauk Club
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Montgomery Place
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July 9th, 2006, 07:32 AM
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July 9th, 2006, 07:41 AM
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The new construction will get a revisit to see how it turns out.
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William Thallon, Edward Bunker Houses, 176-178 St Johns Pl. both were doctors, and one was proud of it.
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July 9th, 2006, 07:54 AM
Lillian Ward House, 7th Ave & Sterling Pl.
The house was spared destruction in what was the worst airline disaster in the US.

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Beth Elohim Temple. Beaux Arts limestone
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July 9th, 2006, 07:59 AM
St Augustine's Romanesque tower
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July 9th, 2006, 08:07 AM
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Water main damage on Prospect Park West
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Across the street, one of the pre-war apartment buildings. I think this one is the tallest in the neighborhood.
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July 9th, 2006, 08:15 AM
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It's a mystery to me too.
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July 9th, 2006, 08:27 AM
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3rd St has deep front yards.
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There has been a decades-long effort to extend the Park Slope historic district, including the 7th Ave commercial strip.

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July 9th, 2006, 08:35 AM
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There are notable buildings in the undesignated areas.
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July 9th, 2006, 08:41 AM
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PS 39, built when the NYC public school system was the model.
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Down the street, Pospect branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.
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July 9th, 2006, 08:58 AM
Union St
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116 Berkeley. The tag states C1862. The brownstone next door was put up in 1885.
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Not far away - "renovations."
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Way down the slope, on 9th St near 4th Ave, a survivor on a busy 4 lane street.
The Second Empire William Cronyn house, built C1855.
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July 9th, 2006, 09:36 AM
Stylish buildings. The pride of Brooklyn.

Essence of Brooklyn, much discussed these days: what I carry away with me about that from this exhibit is that Brooklyn was once wholeheartedly dedicated to cutting-edge excellence in architecture.

The folks who think the essence of Brooklyn lies in brownstones at Atlantic Yards don't understand the greatness of their borough's architectural past. That was then, this is now; then was Park Slope, now is Atlantic Yards, and it's time Brooklyn showed a little pride and awoke from its somnolent resting on past laurels. Time to recognize the elevator's been invented. (Go on pretending it hasn't in Park Slope!)

Brooklyn needs a little (really, a whole lot of) up-to-the-minute architectural distinctiveness to pick up the thread of its heritage. The last outstanding Brooklyn landmark may have been the Williamsburgh Savings Bank. It's time this borough made its mark in the 21st Century; those Park Slopers knew a thing or two about not being timid.

Boldness please, Brooklyn; it's in your bones.

No more farting around.

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PS That "renovated" brownstone is the real abomination!


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July 9th, 2006, 10:29 AM
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PS That "renovated" brownstone is the real abomination!


The addition of a proper cornice would help the look a great deal. They could stand to soften the entry a touch too.

July 9th, 2006, 05:57 PM
Greats photos, Thank You ChippyTheChimp

September 25th, 2006, 06:59 PM
A small delight:

What can you tell us about this, Zippy?

September 25th, 2006, 08:49 PM
I am amazed!!!:eek:

September 26th, 2006, 04:16 PM
What can you tell us about this, Zippy?

It's on Fiske Pl, which cuts through the block from Carroll to Garfield.

It's not a vine growing out of the sidewalk; it's a tree in the front yard. Several branches arch over the sidewalk. I don't think there is any support.

I don't know what kind of tree it is.

It's probably illegal, so I hope some city bureaucrat doesn't whack his head and start a fuss.

February 26th, 2007, 05:42 PM
I don't know what kind of tree it is.
Weeping cherry?

Often has this growth pattern, though I've never seen it so picturesquely applied.

February 28th, 2007, 03:13 PM
What a wonderful looking neighbourhood.

Can you pinpoint the area for me?
Is it within easy walking distance of the Bbrookly Bridge?

February 28th, 2007, 06:49 PM
Can you pinpoint the area for me?
Map here: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/images/thelibrary/system_map.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/map/lofi.jsp&h=649&w=532&sz=44&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=8Sdwy-9KrJbBMM:&tbnh=137&tbnw=112&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbrooklyn%2Bneighborhood%2Bmap%26ndsp% 3D18%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft: en-us%26sa%3DN

Is it within easy walking distance of the Bbrookly Bridge?
Only if you're a vigorous and enthusiastic walker. It has numerous subway stops, however. Good ones: 7th Avenue on either the F Line or the B/Q (Bergen Street on 2/3).

March 1st, 2007, 04:12 PM
Only if you're a vigorous and enthusiastic walker.

Thanks Ablarc - Enthusiastic - yes, but vigorous... not so much!
A few of the folks travelling with me are first time visitors and might not thank me for dragging them a good few miles to sample a 'nice neighbourhood'!!
I will save it for a future visit (there will ALWAYS be a future visit!)

Darn the lack of time!!

Hey - apologies for my spelling of Brooklyn (not sure what was going on there!)

March 1st, 2007, 04:44 PM
Brooklyn Heights is a very nice neighborhood, and it's immediately across the Brooklyn Bridge. If your guests are reluctant walkers, keep in mind that the bridge is over a mile long. Also, if your guests are reluctant walkers, they might want to sing a new tune before coming here for a visit.

March 2nd, 2007, 07:22 AM
Also, if your guests are reluctant walkers, they might want to sing a new tune before coming here for a visit.

My youngest daugther and I have walked the bridge before (wife & eldest daughther turned tail for the shops at South Street Seaport at about half distance), so I know what to expect.

Not sure about singing a new tune though?? :confused:

The Benniest
May 8th, 2008, 08:14 PM
Absolutely wonderful pictures Zippy.

I cannot wait to stay in this neighborhood when I visit again in July! :D

May 9th, 2008, 02:32 PM
Zippy...what a wonderful bunch of photos! This neighborhood is as beautiful as just about any I have ever seen.
People should see this neighborhood and similar ones in Brooklyn, many people outside of New York don't even know such neighborhoods exist there. Whenever friends arrive from out of town, I coax them into a visit to Brooklyn, any one of its gorgeous neighborhoods like Park Slope, Ft. Green, Brooklyn Heights, etc, there are so many.
These photos will be an inspiration, I'm sure, for many visitors to put it on their itinerary if it wasn't already. A walk up Flatbush, with some meandering onto the sidestreets and adjacent neighborhoods, makes a very pleasant afternoon.
I also highly recommend Fort Green, a neighborhood that's worth a visit for travelers desiring to get off the typical tourist track. Some amazing streets like South Portland and surrounding blocks, with stately brownstones and rows of huge trees.

May 9th, 2008, 02:43 PM
Fort Greene is on the to-do list, MG. Maybe a walk from the Manhattan Bridge. I wonder if the little park at the end of the bridge walkway is complete.

October 13th, 2008, 10:49 PM

The tree in the picture is a weeping cherry. That's Carroll Street between 8th Ave & 7th Ave. That tree is huge and grows up and out of a small patch outside of a brownstone. It forms a canopy on both sidewalks at the corner and everyone seems to respect the tree and not pull on its branches. For film buffs, the final scene of Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" was film on this corner. (I live around the block).

The Benniest
October 14th, 2008, 03:34 PM
NOW I remember it!! I remember you pointing the corner (brownstone steps by the grocery store) out to me when we were walking around together. Very nice area. :)

November 29th, 2008, 12:55 PM
Streetscapes | 869 President Street, Brooklyn

A Different Drummer of a House

By CHRISTOPHER GRAY (http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?ppds=bylL&v1=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&fdq=19960101&td=sysdate&sort=newest&ac=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&inline=nyt-per)
Published: November 28, 2008

“Very peculiar,” said The Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1885 about Stewart Woodford’s arresting red brick house at 869 President Street in Brooklyn (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/classifieds/realestate/locations/newyork/newyorkcity/brooklyn/?inline=nyt-geo).

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/11/30/realestate/30scapes_500.jpgChester Higgins Jr./The New York Times
ECCENTRIC MIX The red brick house at 869 President Street is known as the Woodford House after its first owner, Stewart L. Woodford.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/11/28/realestate/30scapes2_500.jpgAvery Architectural Library/Columbia University
The house at 869 President Street in 1886.

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Stewart L. Woodford.

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The house, with its wide, unadorned facade and assorted window styles, was unusual even in its day.

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Indeed, a walker in Park Slope will not find anything else like it, with its plain red-brick facade and strange oriel windows. Now the longtime owners, Madelyn and Martin Schloss, have bought a house nearby, not because they are moving out of the Woodford residence, but because they want to renovate it and remain there.

In 1885, The Eagle reported a building boom in Park Slope, with high-end houses selling for $8,000 to $16,000, built in Queen Anne, “modern,” traditional brownstone, “French roof” (meaning mansard) and other styles.

One house attracted its attention: “Very peculiar” said the writer, “a very wide departure from ordinary forms.”

This was the house of Stewart L. Woodford, politician and diplomat, and the work of the young architect Henry Ogden Avery. Although then in his early 30s, he had already studied at the Cooper Union and had spent three years in an apprenticeship and then nearly seven years at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

To the 36-foot-wide facade, Mr. Avery did the unexpected: he made it as plain as possible, with simple round arched windows on the first floor, a pair of small projecting oriels on either side of the second, and three pairs of rectangular windows on the third.

The architect left most of the second-floor front unadorned, with a large empty space in the center pierced only by a small window. The oriels had slightly projecting rivet-head details, peculiar cockscomb-like trim on the tops, and strange angled poles supporting them from underneath — strange because builders had long since determined how to support such features without resorting to such devices.

The detail on the brickwork is slyly elegant: at the edges of the door and flanking windows, every other brick is set back at an angle. And the broad arches are made of wedged-shaped ribbed bricks. It is hard to think of anything else remotely like it in New York City (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/classifieds/realestate/locations/newyork/newyorkcity/manhattan/?inline=nyt-geo). Mr. Avery died in 1890 and left little other work.

Mr. Woodford, a lawyer, served for years in various government capacities, among them military governor of Savannah, Ga., after the Civil War; lieutenant governor of the state of New York from 1867 to 1868; and minister to Spain (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/great-homes-and-destinations/destinations/europe/index.html?inline=nyt-geo) from 1897 to 1898. But newspaper accounts leave a mixed version of his public service. In 1870, The Eagle said that, as lieutenant governor, he had diverted more than $5,000 to his firm; the paper reported that he had been indicted, but not the resolution of the case.

The Eagle also said that, while assistant United States attorney for the Southern District in the early 1860s, he had received $2,000 in an insurance scheme involving a slave-trading ship. The paper said that the office of his father-in-law, Henry Capen, was “the rendezvous of all the slave traders in New York.”

At the time, Mr. Woodford was running for governor, and the bitterness of The Eagle’s attacks may indicate partisanship. The New York Times called the attacks “baseless slander.”

In June 1897, President William McKinley appointed Woodford minister to Spain, but a year later Spain severed diplomatic relations and the United States declared war.

In the late 1920s, a new family moved in, that of Henry Mannix, a lawyer with White & Case. Whatever interiors Avery had designed were swept away by the Mannixes in a 1929 alteration for which a set of sketchy blueprints survive. They are signed by Henry Vollweiler and John Armendinger, who are little known but produced a remarkable array of rooms.

The entry door is an iron swirl depicting a pair of peacocks; the vestibule behind is paneled in mottled azure- and oatmeal-colored tile. The main hall has an Art Deco cornice, but the living room is more French Renaissance, with a strap-work ceiling, heavily modeled plaster walls and a terra-cotta fireplace. The library is at first glance wood-paneled, in impeccable repair — but it is faux-painted and varnished plaster.

Mr. and Mrs. Schloss bought the building in 1988, and a recent raft of leaks and the need for a new kitchen have brought on renovations. They should take a year or more to complete, and the couple found it cheaper to buy a house, on Sixth Avenue, instead of renting.

Mrs. Schloss, an ophthalmologist, recalls the time that she and her husband took a class with the historian Barry Lewis about New York City history. The first slide shocked them — “Hey, that’s our house!” they exclaimed.

Mr. Schloss said that brokers tell them that their remarkable interior is not a plus, but a drawback: “They say it’s too bad, people really want the dark brownstone-style interiors.”

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August 16th, 2009, 02:59 AM
What a gorgeous streetscape.



February 21st, 2010, 01:35 AM
Zippy's pics on the first page deserve another look.

Here were a few pics I took Wed. on the way to the library.

















February 21st, 2010, 04:12 AM
Marvelous neighbourhood, gorgeous architecture :). Hope it wasn't too cold, Derek.

March 5th, 2010, 07:02 AM
Building of the Day: 21 Seventh Avenue

Formerly the Lillian Ward house, 21 7th Avenue at Sterling Place, Park Slope. Lawrence P. Valk, architect. 1887.





Address: 21 7th Avenue at Sterling Place
Name: Former Lillian Ward House
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1887
Architectural Style: Queen Anne/Romanesque Revival
Architect: Lawrence P. Valk

Why chosen: The French oriel tower is the icing on the cake for this fabulous house, which is the corner anchor for the other three adjoining houses in this group on 7th Avenue, all in amazing shape. The way light shines through the stained and curved glass must be amazing for the occupants of the tower. There is much to see in addition, including the entryway on Sterling Place and a large parlor floor bay. Lillian Ward was a famous singer during the latter part of the 19th century. GMAP (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=21+Seventh+Ave,+Brooklyn,+NY&sll=40.676781,-73.944619&sspn=0.007274,0.020363&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=21+7th+Ave,+Brooklyn,+Kings,+New+York+11217&z=16)


May 15th, 2010, 04:52 AM
11th Street, Park Slope




January 12th, 2012, 12:51 AM
Building of the Day: 191-199 Garfield Place

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Name: Flats buildings
Address: 191-199 Garfield Place
Cross Streets: 6th and 7th Avenues
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1889
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: John H. Styles
Landmarked: No, but part of long ago proposed PS expanded historic district

The story: By the late 1800’s, it was apparent that the need for homes far exceeded the land available, especially in desirable neighborhoods. Park Slope was in the midst of developing into a very desirable neighborhood, indeed, with the wealthier people building homes on the blocks closest to the park, and the rest of the neighborhood arranging itself accordingly in income, the further away from the park one went. (There are exceptions to this, of course.) In the progression of home building in the area, the flats building is positioned between the classic one family row house and the large, European-style apartment building, and these buildings sprang up like mushrooms, especially in the Slope, Clinton Hill, Bedford and the St. Marks District, as housing options for middle-class families.

The design and arrangement of the classic eight family flats building was designed to offer to middle class families something far above the indignities and stigma of tenement life, while maximizing limited space. There were only two apartments on each floor, a right and a left. The buildings were often designed by the same architects who were building one family row houses, and had many of the same kinds of interior amenities; nice woodwork, floors, bathrooms, mantels, and a kitchen with a maid’s room behind. The icing on the cake, for residents and passersby alike, was a good façade, making for a very pleasant streetscape. These building certainly have that.

John H. Styles was both the architect and builder of these five flats buildings. He may or may not have been Major John H. Styles, a Civil War officer who led Brooklyn’s 56th Regiment. In any case, Styles is on record for this development and a few more similar ones, including one in Manhattan, in Washington Heights. He did a great job on these. They are not only highly inventive and attractive, but the entire group is well served by natural light coming in through multiple windows, and beautiful arched windows and doorways on many of the first floors. His rooflines are inventive, and quite artistic, and the brick work, which adds ornament without use of another building medium, is also really good. According to the Brooklyn Eagle, the cost of the entire project was $100,000, a tidy sum for flats buildings.

An advertisement in the Eagle in 1898, for apartments in 191 Garfield reads: “Cheapest apartments in Brooklyn. Seven nice rooms and bath. $20. Steam heated, decorated, near Prospect Park.

Inducements to small desirable families.” Similar ads ran for the other buildings. Unfortunately, by that time Styles no longer owned the buildings, he seemed to have been overextended, and the entire group was sold in foreclosure in 1892. He was also being sued for a mechanics lien on his property in Manhattan. Poor guy. If he was the Major, he had just lost his wife to cancer, that same year. Ironically, these 8 family buildings, which once rented for $20 to $25 a month, were converted to co-ops in today’s very expensive and trendy Park Slope. The apartments are no longer two per floor, as the entire group now has 67 units, not 40, more people than event the builder intended. Styles probably would not have gone broke today.
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195 Garfield. Photo: Sam Sprie for Property Shark, 2008.

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April 21st, 2012, 10:21 PM
wonderful pictures. Living in Manhattan makes you forget how beautiful neighborhoods like Park Slope are. Thanks for sharing.

July 13th, 2012, 11:06 PM
Building of the Day: 19-29 Polhemus Place

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(Photo: Kate Leonova for Property Shark, 2007)

Name: Row houses
Address: 19-29 Polhemus Place
Cross Streets: Garfield Place and Carroll Street
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1897-98
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: Axel Hedman
Other Works by Architect: Numerous houses in Lefferts Manor, Park Slope, Crown Heights North and South, Bedford Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Heights and Prospect Heights. Also responsible for an extensive remodeling of Borough Hall’s central chambers.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Park Slope HD (1973)

The story: Polhemus Place was named for Johannes Theodorus Polhemus, the first pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church on Long Island, back in 1654. It’s a short little one block cross street, and along with Fiske Place, directly behind it, runs parallel to the avenues. Both streets are delightful little hidden streets with some distinctive houses on them, especially Polhemus. This group was designed by one of Brooklyn’s most prolific architects, Axel Hedman.

The developer of these six houses was Mrs. Bessie Martin, who is listed as a developer in several Park Slope projects. It would be interesting to find out if she was working on her own, or as a front for her husband, or another male relative. Women were not generally accepted as businesswomen on their own, especially in construction, although there were exceptions.

In any case, Ms. Martin hired a great architect for her project. Axel Hedman was at his busiest during this time, designing rows of fine Renaissance Revival row houses all over the newer upscale neighborhoods of brownstone Brooklyn. He had a basic formula, he would have to for the number of projects he was working on, but he never exactly repeated himself, no matter how similar his houses look.

This group is very similar to homes he designed on Park Place in Crown Heights North, and on Decatur Street in Stuyvesant Heights. There are other “cousins” around as well. Hedman was working after the rise of the White Cities/City Beautiful movement, which came out of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition, in Chicago. This world’s fair, with its gleaming white limestone, marble and stucco buildings made quite the impression on American architecture, and in a matter of years, brownstone and dark brick was out, and limestone and light colored brick and stone was in.

Hedman could just as easily have made all six of the houses in limestone, it probably would have been much cheaper and certainly easier to order materials, but he didn’t. He alternated the houses with two pairs each in differing tones and stone. The result makes a unified group, with individuality, as well. The stone ornament Hedman uses is classic for him, but even here, he mixes the motifs and individual pieces, making each house different, and all of them different from his other houses elsewhere.

It’s hard to be prolific, yet achieve endless variety. Hedman is often overlooked as generic, sometimes, but he was really, really good. GMAP
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July 15th, 2012, 08:33 AM
Utterly magnificent.

July 16th, 2012, 08:34 AM
Very, very nice.....

August 31st, 2012, 11:06 PM
Building of the Day: 703-719 Carroll Street

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Name: Flats buildings
Address: 703-719 Carroll Street
Cross Streets: Sixth and Seventh Avenues
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1898
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: Jeremiah (John) J. Gilligan
Other works by architect: Other Park Slope and Prospect Heights rowhouses and flats buildings.
Landmarked: No, but on the Park Slope Civic Council’s list for expansion of the historic district.

The story: Park Slope, in the last third of the 19th century, was a hotbed of construction and development. The top of the Slope, near Prospect Park, saw the construction of homes for the very wealthy, and as one moved down the avenues, the income levels moved as well, with the upper-middle class, middle class and working class occupying the rest of the neighborhood. This description, of course, has exceptions all over the place, but in general, that was the rule of thumb. But even then, one soon runs out of land, but the people keep coming. It was inevitable that multiple-unit dwellings would soon be as popular a building project as a single-family home.

An interesting phenomenon of Park Slope building was the preponderance of Irish-American developers and builders in the area. This would be an interesting dissertation subject. Of all the historic districts in what we call Brownstone Brooklyn, only Park Slope has such high percentage of Irish surnames in their lists of builders and architect/builders. This series of flats was built by one of those successful Irishmen.

Jeremiah J. Gilligan was doing quite well. His office was in Park Slope, at 188 Park Place. He was a one-man powerhouse; the owner of the properties he developed, as well as their architect and builder. He’s on record for a number of rowhouses in Park Slope and adjoining Prospect Heights. In 1898, he designed and built this row of eight four-story flats buildings, each with eight apartments. His total cost was $80,000 for all of them.

They are nice buildings, and form a very noticeable and pleasing streetscape on this block. Each end of the block is capped by a prominent church, making these buildings like chicks under the wings of two very large mother hens. St. Francis Xavier is on the 6th Avenue side, and the Old First Dutch Reformed Church is on the 7th Avenue side. The round bays of each row of flats undulate and flow down the row. The effect is the same from both ends of the block.

Mr. Gilligan only seemed to work between 1884 and 1900. By the turn of the 20th century, apartment buildings in Brooklyn began to get larger, with more people, higher buildings and, often, less beauty. Gilligan’s flats are a delightful vision of what small-scale multiple-unit buildings can be when one has space to work with, and talent to design and build a complete picture. As the Save the Slope blog stated in an article (http://savetheslope.blogspot.com/2011/01/carroll-street-n-s-6th-to-7th-aves.html) on this very subject, the block is “beautiful from either direction.”

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November 5th, 2012, 05:49 AM
Building of the Day: 165 Sixth Avenue

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Name: Row house
Address: 165 Sixth Avenue
Cross Streets: St. Johns and Lincoln Places
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1874
Architectural Style: Italianate/Neo-Grec
Architect: Henry Samuel, builder
Landmarked: Yes, part of Park Slope HD (1973)

The story: There are thousands of Italianate and late Italianate/Neo-Grec brownstones in our fair burg; they are part of the reason that Brownstone Brooklyn is as sought after as it is. These are, after all, the quintessential brownstones, the buildings that gave all of New York’s row houses their names. But some of them are just special. They aren’t all in upscale neighborhoods, either. They are brownstones that through their superior construction, years of care, landscaping, luck, and the accident of light and shadow, make us smile, and remember why we liked living here so much. At least they do it for me. This is one of those buildings.

It’s next door to the “Squid and the Whale” house, the brownstone featured in the movie of the same name that sold for big bucks recently. Both houses were built as a pair by Henry Samuel, a local builder, in 1874. Ten years later, builder John Monas built the adjoining row, tying them together with similar cornices, rooflines and materials, creating, at first glance, a unified group on this side of the street. But if you look closely, the earlier houses hold their own next to their later neighbors.

By 1874, the Italianate style was waning, and transitioning into the Neo-Grec. The heavy lintels and doors, and the very organic and three dimensional carved acanthus leaf brackets that characterize the Italianate style, were now being paired with the lighter, incised, two-dimensional carvings of the Neo-Grec style, creating facades with more ornament than before. Paired with the tall stoops, heavy balusters and newel posts, long doors and windows, this period of building is especially attractive and elegant, a masterful combination of heavy and light, shadow and mass.

In 1893, the home belonged to Thomas Barrett, a paper manufacturer. In 1902, the house was home to Robert V. Samuels, a prominent lawyer. Mr. Samuels was counsel to the Marine Journal Company, a shipping company run by his father, Captain Samuel Samuels. He suffered a fatal heart attack after a board meeting in lower Manhattan, dropping dead at the feet of his father, who was also at the meeting. The house would go on to have many other owners, all of whom made sure the exterior, at least, retained the original doors, steps and fencing.

I noticed the house for two reasons: its great condition, and the way the light happened to be hitting it when I passed last spring. There was also a beautiful cherry tree in blossom in front of the house, its pink flowers contrasting so well with the brownstone and wood. You’d have to really hate brownstones and flowers to not think this sight beautiful. Kudos to the owner and Mother Nature.

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