The crisp fall weather is finally here, and that means it’s time for the annual Bed Stuy house tour, where old house lovers can get a look inside the neighborhood’s historic homes. The self-guided tour, organized by The Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant and now in its 36th year, runs from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 18.

The tour starts at Boys and Girls High School at 1700 Fulton Street. A workshop about financing a purchase or renovation starts at 9 am and the Bed Stuy Bazaar starts at 10:30 am.

See the full schedule here. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the same day. Tickets are available through Eventbrite or at neighborhood businesses Brooklyn SwirlBed-Vyne Wine and Peace & Riot.


The Clarendon Meadows Civic Association will hold its fourth annual house and garden tour Sunday, June 22. Houses on the tour include freestanding Victorians, brownstone and limestone Italianate row houses, and apartments. The founder of the association, Mary Campbell, a real estate broker, is part of a group applying for landmark status in the area.

The tour, which takes place from 1 to 5 pm, will start in the courtyard of Clarendon D Gardens Bed and Breakfast at 2504 Clarendon Road between East 25th and East 26th streets. For more information and to buy tickets, check out the association’s Eventbrite page.

Photo via Clarendon Meadows Civic Association


Add the Boerum Hill house tour to your to-do list this weekend, along with the Prospect Lefferts Garden house tour we wrote about earlier this month. Both take place this Sunday.

The Boerum Hill tour begins and ends at the Invisible Dog Art Center at 51 Bergen Street and takes place from 1 to 5 pm. It includes six houses and two gardens. For more information, check the website of the Boerum Hill Association.

The first Prospect Lefferts Garden house tour took place in 1970 1969 to show the diversity of the neighborhood. This year is the 100th anniversary of Chester Court, the well known cul-de-sac with Tudor style row houses, and one of them will be on the tour. The tour takes place from 12 to 5 pm. For more information, see the website of the Prospect Lefferts Manor Association.

Both tours offer a discount on tickets purchased in advance; tickets are $25 on the day of the tour. Tour takers who present a PLG tour brochure at the Boerum Hill tour will get in for $10.


More house tours are on the horizon, scheduled to take advantage of the good weather in spring and early summer. Park Slope’s tour takes place this Sunday, May 18. Up next is Prospect Lefferts Manor June 1. Then Flatbush is June 8.

The Lefferts Manor tour will feature nine stops as well as refreshments, a wine tasting, and a meeting with architects, contractors and homeowners “to gather ideas and resources.” Houses on the tour, one of which is pictured above, date from 1898 to 1922 and include a detached circa-1900 wood frame house and a 1915 neo-Tudor. For lots of photos and more information, check out the Lefferts Manor Association website.

The Park Slope tour features eight stops and more information can be found on the website of the Park Slope Civic Council. The Victorian Flatbush tour will feature many freestanding homes, which are typical of the area. For more information, see the website of the Flatbush Development Corporation.

Photo by Martin Friedman


There will be five homes, all with gardens or landscaped decks, on The Brooklyn Heights Association’s house tour this year. Also on the program are refreshments and guided tours of the sanctuary at the historic Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims.

The tour takes place Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 5 pm. Tickets ($30 for members in advance, $40 for non members) can be purchased the day of the tour at St. Ann’s School at 129 Pierrepont Street, according to the Brooklyn Heights Blog.

There is also a “patron brunch” for $300 a ticket in the morning.  For more info about the tour, email housetour@thebha.org or call the BHA office at 718-858-9193.

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After a hiatus, the Fort Greene house tour is back and will take place May 4. The theme is “At Home With the Arts.” Houses include one that appeared in “Girls,” and another with three floors of glass walls for light and views. Also open to tour takers will be Urban Glass, BRIC’s new TV studios designed by Thomas Leeser and the Mark Morris dance studio.

The tour starts at the side plaza of Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center at 262 Ashland Place near Fulton Street. Tickets are $25 in advance from www.fgahousetour.org and $30 on the day of the tour.

Image by Fort Greene Association


For years, we’ve been dying to go to the house tour in Newburgh, N.Y., called the Candlelight Tour, and this year we finally did. A few years ago, we’d heard of Newburgh because we read the blog Door Sixteen, but we didn’t know anything about it. One day we were tagging along with a friend who had business in town, and were simply agog when we stepped out of the car. The streets are like an outdoor house museum, with picture postcard examples of different architectural styles spanning the 18th through the early 20th century.

Newburgh’s perch overlooking the Hudson makes it extremely scenic as well as important militarily. It was a key spot during the Revolutionary War (George Washington’s house there is now a museum) and it became a fancy resort town in the late 19th century. It fell on hard times about 90 years later. Its history has been well documented here and here by the blog Big Old Houses.

The house tour, which took place Sunday, was brimming with friendly folks, above, all of whom seemed to know each other and have interesting stories to tell about their houses. We wish we could have stayed for hours more. We highly recommend the tour — and lunch at the always delicious Mexican restaurant the Maya Cafe in nearby Fishkill. Has anyone else attended the tour? Click through to the jump for tons of pictures. (more…)


Outgoing Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz kicked off the Crown Heights North Association house tour Saturday, congratulating the group on the state of the neighborhood and their successful landmarking efforts. The group presented him with a Crown Heights-themed pillow, sewn by none other than our own Montrose Morris, who coordinated this year’s house tour from her home upstate and also wrote the program guide. “My dream was always to be Brooklyn borough president — nothing more,” Markowitz added, saying “I’m not leaving voluntarily. Term limits!”

After the jump, photos of some of the houses on the tour, taken with permission of the home owners. (more…)


Dwell magazine’s City Modern Brooklyn home tour is coming up this Sunday, September 29. Five townhouses will be open for viewing, including the Flavor Paper headquarters and one of the State Street townhouses designed by Marvel Architects, above. The project was the first full block of new row houses to be completed in Brooklyn since the 1920s, according to the firm.

Photo by Marvel Architects


The Sixth Annual Crown Heights North house tour is coming up October 5, and the 35th Annual Bed Stuy tour is scheduled for October 19. A beautifully intact and updated Crown Heights house, 1234 Dean Street, above, which we featured as a House of the Day, will be on the tour. Click through to the jump for another look at the house’s original stove, and to see how the owners incorporated it into a newly renovated kitchen.

A Look at This Year’s House Tours [Brownstoner] (more…)

Mark your calendars! The Sixth Annual Crown Heights North House Tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 from 11 am to 4 pm. The festivities will kick off on the corner of St. John’s Place and Brooklyn Avenue. The tours typically go through a variety of homes, churches and organizations. You’ll be able to purchase tickets on the Crown Heights North website and at Barbara’s Flowers (615 Nostrand Avenue) and Yanatiba (714 Washington Avenue). Tickets are $20 ahead of time and $25 the day of the tour.

More than 500 people turned out for the 43rd Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour on June 2. Highlights included an artist’s studio, townhouses from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, prewar apartments, and seven private gardens. The Lefferts Gardens Montessori School was also open for visits. As you can see from the photos, taken by Brownstoner regular Bob Marvin, and published here with permission, the interiors and decor varied widely, showcasing touches of Victorian, mid-century mod and the latest in kitchen design. There was even a statue of a horse (at least, we think it’s a statue). Restoration and renovation specialists and the homeowners were on-site to discuss their work and share resources. Click through to the jump to see more photos, and to Bob’s Flickr page for even more.
43rd Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour [Flickr]