Building of the Day: 94-102 Prospect Park West
Address: 94-102 Prospect Park West, between 5th and 6th St.
Name: Apartment buildings
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1899
Architectural Style: Neo-Italian Renaissance
Architects: Unknown, for developer Charles Hart
Why chosen: When I think of gracious rowhouse apartment living in Park Slope, this group of five buildings always comes to mind. (House numbers 95-97 omitted from the sequence.) I guess it's because I really like all of the details that went into this very handsome group; the undulating bays, the very pleasing way your eye moves across the group as a whole, taking in the detailed ornament, and then rising to the oval windows, and then those beautiful loggias with the ballustraded porches curved by the roofs of the bays and then accented by the columns. The style and date of these buildings would generally lend itself to limestone, not brownstone, but I like how the darker stone really accents all of the carved ornament, and contrasts with plants and trees.
Whoever designed these was quite good, and he got it just right. These buildings were never single family homes, they were designed to be apartment buildings in a rowhouse style configuration, and even though it would be tough, I'd want a top floor apartment. Besides legs of steel, I'd have an amazing view of the park, and watching nature's path through the seasons from this vista would be heaven. I only wish all of the stoops and original doorways were still intact, like 102's.