Get a Rare Glimpse Inside Some Time-Capsule Interiors With a Tour of the Lott House

Photo by Susan De Vries

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A lucky few will have the opportunity to tour the evocatively peeling layers of the historic Lott House in Marine Park this month.

One of the oldest residences in Brooklyn, the landmarked Hendrick I. Lott House at 1940 East 36th Street dates from about 1720 with later additions and interior alterations. After the death of the last resident in 1989, the house sat vacant for more than a decade.

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Photo by Susan De Vries

While the exterior has now been restored, the interior work will not begin until some time in 2018. Until then, it remains largely untouched — with 19th century mantels, flowery early 20th century wallpaper and the accumulated possessions of a family over time.

The atmospheric interior is usually closed to the public, but Friends of the Lott House, which operates the site in conjunction with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the Historic House Trust, is offering four tour opportunities in October. The tours will take place at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

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Photo by Susan De Vries

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