Public Hearing on Landmarking Downtown Brooklyn Abolitionist Home Set for Tuesday

The house in June. Photo by Susan De Vries


After years of efforts to save the home of former abolitionists, the Downtown Brooklyn house is now moving unusually swiftly through the designation process.

It was just at the end of June that the little house at 227 Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn was unanimously approved for calendaring by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Now, just two weeks later, the public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 14.

The Greek Revival style house was constructed circa 1847 to 1850 and was home to Thomas and Harriet Truesdell, prominent abolitionists, from 1851 to 1863. LPC had chosen not to move forward with considering the building back in 2007. During the calendaring hearing in June, LPC Chair Sarah Carroll noted that Mayor de Blasio asked the commission to reconsider designation of the historic structure.

227 duffield street

The house in June. Photo by Susan De Vries

The calendaring of the building temporarily halted its potential demolition while the structure awaits a public hearing.

LPC hearings have been taking place online during the pandemic and members of the public can sign up to participate during public hearings. Testimony may be supplied in writing or given during the hearing. Full information on how to participate can be found online.

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