Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Morris L. Holman house
Address: 94 Rugby Road
Cross Streets: Church Avenue and Albemarle Road
Neighborhood: Prospect Park South
Year Built: 1907
Architectural Style: Spanish Mission Revival
Architect: John J. Petit
Other works by architect: Many of the great houses of Prospect Park South. On Rugby Road: 88, 100, 154, 205, 219 and 220; also 1306, 1510 and 1519 Albemarle Road, and 131 Buckingham Road, the “Japanese House.”
Landmarked: Yes, part of Prospect Park South Historic District (1981)
The story: For architect John J. Petit, Prospect Park South was a dream come true. What architect wouldn’t want to work for clients who wanted the best of everything and encouraged their architects to go all out, design-wise?
Petit was the perfect man for the job. He was highly imaginative and very good at using the design themes of other times and cultures in his projects. He didn’t create copies, but used his source material as inspirations for entirely new work.
This skill would come in handy not only for Prospect Park South, but also for Dreamland, the Coney Island amusement park that Petit designed for mega-developer William Reynolds. Like the homes of Prospect Park South, it too was a collection of themes from all over the world, with Moroccan minarets, Venetian palazzi and Japanese tea houses. (more…)