Rare Preserved Victorian Defaced by Party People

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A remarkably intact 1890 Queen Anne in Bushwick that was a Building of the Day in 2010 has turned up in party pictures on Paper Magazine’s web site, the Wyckoff Heights Tumblr noticed. The party looks pretty cool, but never mind that, check out the walls. Apparently the house at 74 Cornelia Street between Bushwick and Evergreen sold for the unusually low price of $275,000 to an LLC on Lee Avenue in July (most likely a Hasidic real estate firm, judging by the address and the explanation on Paper Mag’s site) and has now been rented out. We fear for the future of the building, whose otherwise pristine original bead board walls, fireplaces, wainscotting and other 1890s details have been marred by graffiti at the hands of party-goers. (We don’t mean the art, but rather the stray spray paint on non-painted surfaces, such as mirrors.) The amazing period polychrome dining room — in the photo with the two Hasidic guys — so far looks untouched. (Click through to the Paper Magazine story for all the interior shots.) Apparently the renters are none too happy about the graffiti either, because their Facebook page threatens violence against anyone caught defacing the walls. We can’t understand how this building changed hands for such a low price, considering it appears to be in perfect and habitable condition. Columbia University Historic Preservation’s Bushwiki notes the house was designed by architect Geo Acker and “retains a high level of architectural integrity with much of its original characteristics intact.” It should be worth at least $600,000 to $700,000 — spray paint not included. Anyone been inside?
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“Trip House” Gender Blender Mixes up Bushwick Nightlife [Paper Mag]
Inside Trip House [WyckoffHeights.org] GMAP
Building of the Day: 74 Cornelia Street [Brownstoner]

73 Comment

  • stuyheightsarch

    This is scary.. such a nice house!

  • “Apparently the renters are none too happy about the graffiti either, because their Facebook page threatens violence against anyone caught defacing the walls”.

    Are these people complete idiots? It’s THEIR responsibility to control their “guests”!

  • ianmac47

    The odd thing about that house was that in three of the fireplaces, new tiles had been installed on the face. As example, the above photo with santa clause — that tile was brand new.

  • expert_textpert

    wow, what a beauty (not skeleton pants or the topless dancers)

  • expert_textpert

    Such a shame.
    These hipsters/slackers/artisans (whatever they’re called) are trying to create art but yet they’re destroying what some consider architectural art.
    No respect.

  • That tag on the mirror is done in glass-etching solution. I would evict those hipster d-bags so fast their tiny hats would spin.

  • daveinbedstuy

    This is more evidence of a growing culture of entitlements and disdain for anything anyone else has achieved, as promulgated more and more by Obama

  • The new owner is a well known slumlord, Abraham Grunhut. Odd title history on the building – the previous owners seemed to refi almost every year, and in 2009 got a 200k loan from the NYC Commissioner Of Social Services.

  • These people look like the most boring, disrespectful, pathetic, empty people in the world. Really….really….sad.

  • These people look like the most boring, disrespectful, pathetic, empty people in the world. Really….really….sad.

  • u history bros gotta chill. the mansion was in pretty awful shape to begin with.

  • you morons have never even been there- the reality of the situation is that it is a landmarked building and quite possibly could be turned into an art gallery (like the ones in chelsea that you have never been to) the building has not been defaced whatsoever and actually has been turned into a temporary kunsthall with rotating art exhibits, performance art, movie screenings and music, with ample security to make sure nothing happens :) – way to hype up the unknown potential, not actually real, maybe possible graffiti that party people do- shhhhh go to sleep little one, dont worry, the big bad party monster cant hurt you anyyyy morrrre and please stop over-sensationalizing headlines so your blog will get more hits- thanks fox news.

    • “the building has not been defaced whatsoever”
      So, you’re saying that the photographs have been faked. If that’s true, it serves them right that they got such a negative reaction. What could these artists have been thinking when they posted phony photos portraying themselves as mindless yahoos and ignorant philistines?

    • “the building has not been defaced whatsoever”
      So, you’re saying that the photographs have been faked. If that’s true, it serves them right that they got such a negative reaction. What could these artists have been thinking when they posted phony photos portraying themselves as mindless yahoos and ignorant philistines?

  • you morons have never even been there- the reality of the situation is that it is a landmarked building and quite possibly could be turned into an art gallery (like the ones in chelsea that you have never been to) the building has not been defaced whatsoever and actually has been turned into a temporary kunsthall with rotating art exhibits, performance art, movie screenings and music, with ample security to make sure nothing happens :) – way to hype up the unknown potential, not actually real, maybe possible graffiti that party people do- shhhhh go to sleep little one, dont worry, the big bad party monster cant hurt you anyyyy morrrre and please stop over-sensationalizing headlines so your blog will get more hits- thanks fox news.

  • love the hipsters whose jimmies have been rustled by this post. been to a party there awhile ago & one recently & the place has definitely been trashed. it’s not an “art gallery”. it’s shitty tagging jobs and broken glass on the floor.

    the kids want a place to party & you’re not going to convince them that they’re not entitled to it. they grew up believing they can have whatever they want. this place is only going to get grosser and sketchier until it’s completely wrecked. this’ll end in eviction or demolition hey hey hey

  • You know, what you have failed to mention is theres alot of love in that house right now. For the first time in a what I’d say has been a while an upper crest home such as this is now a collective art space for young ambitious Bushwick artists. You would know that but you’ve have never been inside. Looks like this was written by a lesser informed coloumist. AND we repainted the walls for phase two, which will be a more refined and interior designed revision. Anyone involved with the house will tell you that its a beautiful space filled with love. This is the space of 2012-2013. This is a legendary time and place where we are living the life that will be fabled and fantasized by future generations. This will be a place where the people associated will in 20 years reflect on the beautiful art and music and community born within this space. Last night we all spent the night cleaning up the hpuse and painting thr walls white. The new energy in tge house is immaculate. Long live Trip House and the love therein.

    • “AND we repainted the walls for phase two, which will be a more refined and interior designed revision….Last night we all spent the night cleaning up the hpuse and painting thr walls white”.

      IF that’s true (and I hope it is) I’d withdraw all my negative comments; not that you’re likely to care

      • I think your overall tone is inappropriate, disrespectful, and immature, which is ironic considering that is what you accuse us of being. You seem to be commenting on a subject you know next to nothing about, and adding nothing but insults and ad-hominem attacks against people you’ve never met. I hope you feel like a jerk.

        • Like a jerk;not really “sisterjam”, as I think my earlier comments were appropriate, based on what had been reported. HOWEVER, a few hours ago, when “Ferdanand Rising” reported that “we repainted the walls for phase two, which will be a more refined and interior designed revision….Last night we all spent the night cleaning up the hpuse and painting thr walls white” I wrote “IF that’s true (and I hope it is) I’d withdraw all my negative comments.” I wonder if you read THAT and if YOU feel like a jerk?

          The use of a house like this as an art apace, absent the obvious vandalism (despite “lovesavestheday’s” patently false statement that “the building has not been defaced whatsoever”) is IMO an entirely appropriate use. I hope you are able to bring about a long term rescue of this beautiful building

          • The long term rescue of this building is and has always been the ultimate goal. In the case of the current efforts, the events are the reason the landlords are giving a stay of execution. Maybe you missed the point of my reply, Bob, but it was critical of your tone, not your interpretation of the facts.

          • Peace sisterjam. I was VERY much put off by the apparent trashing of an interior that looks very much like that of the 1899 house I’ve spent many years preserving, thus my “grumpiness” (after all, I DO describe myself as a curmudgeon in my Brownstoner profile). If (as now seems to be the case) your intent is to actually save the building and make it into an art space, that’s a whole other matter that I certainly can support.

          • Thanks Bob. All of the repairs and renovations we do are paid for out of pocket and done with the help of volunteers, so we dislike the disrespect of the house more than anybody. If you’d be interested, I’d like to invite you or another authority on the subject (@cate?) to the space to do a walkthrough and help identify the original features so we can take steps to protect and preserve them further. I can also explain our mission and answer any questions you might have about the project. You can reach me at sisterjamtriphouse@gmail.com.

          • Thanks, I’ve emailed you off list

          • Cate

            I would absolutely love to! Thank you so much for your kind and generous offer. I will email you.

          • Grouch, perhaps
            Curmudgeon, definitely,

            But troll? Not bloody likely, given my history on Brownstoner

            But think what you like.

    • “This is a legendary time and place where we are living the life that will be fabled and fantasized by future generations.”

      This is like a quote from an slumming hipster version of the Great Gatsby.

      That said, I don’t really think that trashing the place, if really going on, is worse than the rampant modern gut-renos of historic townhouses in tony nabes (speaking as an owner).

    • “This is a legendary time and place where we are living the life that will be fabled and fantasized by future generations.”

      This is like a quote from an slumming hipster version of the Great Gatsby.

      That said, I don’t really think that trashing the place, if really going on, is worse than the rampant modern gut-renos of historic townhouses in tony nabes (speaking as an owner).

  • expert_textpert

    “we are living the life that will be fabled and fantasized by future generations.”

    omg, I hope my toddler son doesn’t grow up fantasizing about a life of hipstery. I want him to be a productive member of society.

    • define “productive member” for me? i don’t understand the stigma around the word “hipster”. wanna see what yuppies act like on their free time? go into any bar in the lower east side on a saturday night see how decent your “productive” members of society act, After working at the same bars for different parties the top 40 nights filled with yuppies in bland clothing and close cut business haircuts are the sloppiest, rudest, lowest tipping, and are always causing fights, ass-grabbing, puking in the bathroom, and what-not every time. If you brought them to this mansion it would last one night i’m sure of it.

  • expert_textpert

    “we are living the life that will be fabled and fantasized by future generations.”

    omg, I hope my toddler son doesn’t grow up fantasizing about a life of hipstery. I want him to be a productive member of society.

  • If I may, I’d like to clear up some of the inaccuracies in this article and air some of my feelings about the overall tone. First of all, the mansion and it’s innards were FAR from pristine or when the space was acquired. There have been multiple “renovations” in the last 50 years and the interior, while charming and inspiring, is not the original install. That being said, no one is happy about the vandalism (Since the graffiti in those photos occurred, the security detail has been doubled.), least of all the “hipsters” that occupy and work with the space. In fact, last night, a volunteer group of 25-30 these people organized and beautified the space. Not just rolling over graffiti, but clearing out and re-painting rooms that had previously been much worse for wear due to years of negligence.
    At some point in the last century the mansion fell out of purpose, The breweries moved and the neighborhood changed. Nowadays, no one wants to rent a run down mansion in that neighborhood. Since The space has been rented, the plumbing has been fixed, the grounds restored and the maintenance of the space has begun again after a long slumber. The parties that happen at the mansion are the only reason it is open to the public, thanks to a few inspired individuals and a landlord with an imagination. More accurately, the parties are the reason it isn’t a pile of rubble or a cleared lot with a new development coming YET.
    To answer some of the comments, people saying we are “destroying the space”, calling us “entitled” and “hipster douchebags” etc., I ask why didn’t you rent the mansion? We got the space because we liked it and it was going to be demolished. We saved it and we’re opening it to the community. Isn’t that what you would want of a historic space? You know what, I did grow up believing I could have whatever I want, if you work for it. So that why my community goes out and gets what we want instead of letting it fall into ruin. But what do we know. We’re, like, soooo young and stupid.

  • Yes, they are attention-seeking douches, but it’s just spray paint. To the guy who said it’ “glass etching paint” on the mirror: How the **** can you tell that? I don’t think so. Relax, old people. These lousy kids are not in your yard.

  • In this thread: Grumpy people mad at young people for having messy parties in a house that looks cool to the grumpy people but is paid for by the young people so they can do whatever they want to it. Also, the grumpy people don’t actually know what they are talking about because they have never been to the house and if they had they would know that the things they think are in there aren’t.

  • Cate

    This house has many of its original finishes, which is very unusual for a house anywhere in New York City, although not elsewhere in the country. The mantels, including the tile, the red and green walls in the room with the shelves, and the bead board — all are classic 1890s style and all are original. Incidentally, I used to live in Bushwick and have seen the inside of many dozens of properties there (and attended many fun parties there too), and I have never seen anything as well preserved as this house.

  • sixyearsandcounting

    “This is a legendary time and place where we are living the life that will be fabled and fantasized by future generations.”

    Guess you don’t have to check your ego at the door!

    [I'm glad people are putting some effort into restoring the house though.]

  • dnk

    wow — just read through the thread; it’s good to see people talking to one another instead of usual yelling (which I’m as guilty of as anyone). Minds being changed even. Good for you sisterjam and bobmarvin

  • dnk

    wow — just read through the thread; it’s good to see people talking to one another instead of usual yelling (which I’m as guilty of as anyone). Minds being changed even. Good for you sisterjam and bobmarvin

  • Is it a possibility to rent this space for a night? Or to collaborate on a party in the upcoming weeks?

  • I agree with a lot of the other commentators. The photos display a lack of appreciation for history and other people’s artistic and creative achievements. It’s a “let’s party, dude” mentality above all else. The fact that the people doing and enabling are renters not owners is even worse. The level of self-entitlement and regard is unfathomable. I don’t believe in karma, but if it does exist, I wish it tenfold on these asshats.

    P.S. After Paper mag’s senseless rant against Brooklyn, I can officially say I hate that magazine and its desperate attempt at relevancy and forever seeking a slice of 19080s New York. You’re not cool. And don’t know how to write. Stop propagating the pseudo-cool and go away already.

    http://www.papermag.com/2013/10/note_from_kim_its_still_a_hell.php