There’s an awful lot of fake brick and faux wood panelling in this South Slope one-family brick house, but it still manages to exude charm. Quite a bit of the original architecture is still there, including doors and decorative plaster moldings. It’s tiny, though — only 16.67 feet wide and 40 feet long, with less than 1,200 square feet of interior space in all, according to PropertyShark.
Given the size and that it needs work, we were surprised to see the ask of $1,479,000. That works out to more than $1,200 a square foot. Is that what row houses in South Slope are going for these days?
Doctor Who fans from across the city will descend on Supercollider in South Slope tomorrow to test their knowledge of the long-running BBC cult classic. Pub trivia company Geeks Who Drink is hosting Don’t Blink: A Doctor Who Quiz at bars all over the U.S. in anticipation of the series’ 50th anniversary special, which airs next Saturday, November 23. Questions will range from the modern version of the series to its original incarnation, which debuted in 1963 and ran for 26 seasons. Sadly, Prospect Heights’ Doctor Who-themed bar The Way Station didn’t have enough space to host the event, but they will be screening the anniversary special and hosting a Doctor Who tribute band next Saturday. Whovians who want to prove their knowledge should bring a couple of their friends and a $5 admission per person to Supercollider on 4th Avenue at 7 pm tomorrow.
Name: Thomas Pitbladdo house Address: 213 17th Street Cross Streets: 4th and 5th Avenues Neighborhood: South Slope/Greenwood Heights Year Built: Before 1886 Architectural Style: Italianate, maybe Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No, but deserves some kind of recognition
The story: This one was a great journey into Brooklyn history. Ever since I’ve strolled around this area the summer before last, I’ve been curious about the history of this part of the neighborhood. There is very little information available about this part of town, and it must be gleaned like needles in a haystack. This house especially intrigued me, because not only was it an anomaly, in terms of style, it was also a survivor. The ramp to the Prospect Parkway runs right next door, and the fact that the house survived the construction and the placement of the road is just remarkable. Was that an accident of geography, or the influence of a prominent owner? Who lived here, and what was their story? I was lucky enough to find out more than I expected.
I thought the house was clapboard under the aluminum siding, the curse of the South Slope, but a look on several maps proved me wrong. This house is masonry under here, perhaps brick or stucco. From the style of the dormers and the front door, I’d say it was an Italianate, built in the 1870s. It was probably one of the earliest masonry houses on the block. Maps from 1887 show several wood framed houses here, as well, along with row houses. Several of the free standing frame houses were where the access road is today.
The house belonged to Thomas Pitbladdo. There were several spellings of his name, complicating research, but I was able to find an entry in the Brooklyn Eagle in 1891, where Mr. Pitbladdo got a permit to change his flat roof to a peaked one. It was going to cost him $200. That was the starting point, and researching Thomas Pitbladdo’s name became an adventure in Brooklyn history. (more…)
Name: Row house Address: 224 17th Street Cross Streets: 4th and 5th Avenues Neighborhood: Greenwood Heights/South Slope Year Built: 1884 Architectural Style: Queen Anne Architect: Unknown, slight chance it could be George P. Chappell Landmarked: No
The story: It’s rather amazing how we know so much about some parts of Brooklyn, and so little about others, even though they were developed about the same time, with many of the same people often involved. Through a lot of careful research by residents, historical societies, professionals, and architecture junkies such as myself, we know quite a bit about Park Slope. We know who designed, built and owned a majority of the housing stock, and because many of them were prominent in 19th century Brooklyn, we know a fair amount about the earliest residents, as well. There were people who only appear when they marry, or when they die, and those whose lives were fodder for the 19th century equivalent of Page Six.
But over and up a few blocks, the story is different. The South Slope was much more low key. The housing there was, by and large, not built for the rich and important, but built for those who worked for them; in their offices, businesses and factories. These were mostly homes for the middle class, the mid-management people, the teachers and small business owners. Most of the row houses are smaller, only two stories plus a basement, and some were built as two family homes, while others housed extended families, and others offered rooms for rent. There are a lot of great blocks of houses here, enough to keep a BOTD going for a while. (more…)
A developer plans to renovate and add on to a mostly empty large, mixed-use property on the corner of 5th Avenue and 19th Street in South Slope, according to CPEX, which brokered the property’s recent sale. CS Management bought 657-665A 5th Avenue for $8,500,000.
The one tax lot includes four three-story, 3,000-square-foot mixed-use buildings as well as one three-story loft building. Together they offer 30,500 square feet of space and come with approximately 7,500 square feet of air rights. The developer plans to build an additional 7,500 square feet of apartments.
The property sold for $369 per square foot, or $278 per buildable square foot.
“With scant opportunity for development in Park Slope proper, demand for properties in the South Slope/Greenwood Heights market has increased,” said CPEX Managing Director Sean Kelly in a prepared statement. What would you like to see come in here?
In 2011, the owners of this South Slope property hired Leone Design Studio to convert the building, comprising three separate apartments, into a single-family home. Built in the early 1900s as an apartment complex, the structure never had a past life as a townhouse, and so displayed those characteristics one would expect: a large interior common stairway and no light penetrating from the back, only from a small skylight on the roof.
“It was dark in there,” said one owner, “and since our kids were one and three, they weren’t entitled to their own apartments yet. This was the principal reason for why the renovation was so extensive.
“These three-family houses were not the grand homes of upper-middle-class 1900s Brooklyn,” he continued. “They were built as functional housing for thrifty people who worked for a living, and who thus were not spending their discretionary income on frills. As a consequence, the house was notable not so much for its period wood paneling or molding, but for how solid it was.” (more…)
We just got word from a tipster that the rear facade of the building at 288 16th Street in South Slope has collapsed. Anyone know anything more about it?
Update: A neighbor emailed us to say: “According to DOB’s BIS system, FDNY called for an emergency vacate. From what I can tell there were no permits for work. The latest were plans disapproved this summer for a conversion to a one family residence. Once again, and I hate to sound like broken record, illegal work begets unsafe work. I am glad no one was hurt.”
Another neighbor emailed, “I live up the street and just took a peek. It looks like there are two brick buildings that are attached. The one not on the corner but with the entrance on 16th appears to no longer have a back wall. No bricks of the back wall are visible. You see wood studs and the like. The building on the corner looks intact and it appears firemen are standing on the deck off the second floor of the corner structure. I don’t really know what they are doing at this point. A few fire trucks remain on scene not as many as were first here. Didn’t hear anything about injuries or if other neighboring structures were affected.”
Is it just us or does it seem like these sorts of things happen too often? Click through to the jump for another view. (more…)
Name: Private house Address: 337 12th Street Cross Streets: 5th and 6th Avenues Neighborhood: Park Slope/South Slope Year Built: Sometime between 1870-1880 Architectural Style: Italianate Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: Who doesn’t love a pretty gingerbread cottage? This is pure country Victoriana, in the heart of Brooklyn: blocks of just the right sized wooden row houses with flower gardens in the front and back, pretty houses taking their color cues from the popular “Painted Ladies,” with carved gingerbread ornament everywhere. Thank goodness they were never covered in aluminum or asbestos siding, or God forbid, slathered in a layer of faux fieldstone, or pseudo brick. Those South Slopers, like the one above, are sure lucky, right? Well now, that is our story today, as illustrated by this lovely little gem. (more…)
If you don’t mind the idea of living on the ground floor, this new listing at the Ansonia Clock Factory at 438 12th Street in Park Slope might be worth a gander. The three-bedroom pad has high ceilings, big windows and private outdoor space. It also has an asking price of $1,750,000 — not exactly bargain-basement pricing, but this is the new reality, people. There’s no square footage provided with the listing but we’re guesstimating this is priced around $1,000 a foot. In. The. South. Slope. 438 12th Street, #1E [Corcoran] GMAPP*Shark