Brooklyn Gained a New Individual Landmark and a Historic District in 2020

The East 25th Street Historic District. Photo by Susan De Vries

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    With 2020 almost at an end, we take our annual look back at the Brooklyn buildings and neighborhoods considered significant enough to merit designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission during the year.

    During this unusual year of virtual hearings, Brooklyn gained just one individual landmark and one historic district. One potential individual landmark, the pre-Civil War home of abolitionists Thomas and Harriet Truesdell at 227 Duffield Street, was heard during the year but is not yet designated.

    east 25th street historic district

    Photo by Susan De Vries

    The East 25th Street Historic District
    East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D

    The one-block district contains a “remarkably cohesive group” of 56 Renaissance Revival row houses, according to the LPC, built between 1909 and 1912 by the Henry Meyer Building Company. It is the first historic district east of Flatbush Avenue below Prospect Park. The block, whose residents advocated for the district, was voted the Greenest Block in Brooklyn four separate times. The district was designated in November.

    angel guardian home

    Photo via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission

    Angel Guardian Home
    6301 12th Avenue, Dyker Heights

    Built as an orphanage operated by the Sisters of Mercy in 1899, the Renaissance Revival and Beaux Arts-style building provided social services to the community for almost 120 years. Designed by Brooklyn architect George H. Streeton the massive brick building features arched windows, limestone door surrounds, quoins and a mansard roof. While other buildings on the campus were demolished by a developer after the campus was sold by the Sisters of Mercy in 2018, the main building was designated in November.

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