Crown Heights Gem Shines Again: The 19th Century Truslow House

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Crown Heights is filled with architectural delights, but a particularly significant house sits on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and Dean Street, designed by the prolific Parfitt Brothers, a prominent Brooklyn architectural firm known especially for its original work in the Queen Anne style.

A walk past the John and Elizabeth Truslow House at 96 Brooklyn Avenue shows that the once-neglected structure is glittering once again after an exterior restoration.

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Grandly sited on the corner of Dean Street and Brooklyn Avenue, the rich red brick, brownstone trim, contrasting green painted details, and unusual square oriels all add to the picturesque drama of the house.

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After years of delays and uncertainty, restoration was begun in 2013 and was completed in September, when the building received its final certificate of occupancy.

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Affordable housing developers NIA JV LLC and ELH MGMT LLC undertook the restoration of the exterior and the conversion to eight affordable rentals.

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The restoration appears to have included the small garage, constructed in the 1950s — the same time the rear extension was added to the house.

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[Photos by Susan De Vries]

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