Closing Bell: Tour the Grand Institutions of Clinton Hill


On Wednesday the Historic Districts Council is sponsoring a tour of three of Clinton Hill’s most opulent structures. Here are the details: “The Historic Districts Council will lead a tour of Our Lady Queen of All Saints, a soaring century-old parish church. The white stone gothic structure styled after Paris’ Sainte Chapelle features original woodwork and rare four manual organ. Fourteen mosaic windows along the nave portraying 260 biblical subjects were restored in the 1970s. Original glass and iron ornamentation predating the Church remain in tact at the Pratt Library. Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. designed the interior of Brooklyn’s first free library in 1896. The Pratt Library stores an extensive collection on visual arts and creative writing on its uniquely decorative stacks and glass flooring. The tour concludes in the Caroline Ladd Pratt House, now home to the president of Pratt Institute. One of four mansions built by Charles Pratt for his sons, the Caroline Ladd Pratt House’s luxurious parlor rooms and second-floor stained glass windows that are New York City treasures.” More info here; space is limited to 25 people.
Grand Institutions of Clinton Hill [HDC]

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  • Wow, I was totally into the idea of touring Our Lady Queen of All Saints, until I saw the tour cost $100. Sigh.

  • Yeah, the price is a bit of a deterrent though obviously it goes to good causes. If you can find alternatives, I’ve peeked in on Queen of all Saints during services, and it is usually on the yearly house tour which is a far cheaper route with more to see. However I’ve never got to see the interior of the Ladd house, which looks like something that belongs on some sprawling Vanderbilt estate in the South. It’s heavenly.

    The library, while charming in a somewhat rustic way, feels like it hasn’t been taken care of thoroughly which aggravates me given it’s wonderful collection and otherwise pleasant setting. It’s main stairwell with the corinthian columns are dimly lit, and I had a traumatic time in it’s grim bathroom (it wasn’t well stocked in a particular paper department). Not to mention, some midcentury renovations like partition walls and a poor selection of Ikea-like furniture detract from what could be a truly majestic space.

    Personally, I think it’s Pratt who has demanded that pricey tag on this tour which boggles my mind.